Forgiveness is putting these biblical words into action: "Do not hate your brother in your heart; rebuke your neighbour frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself, I am the Lord." (Leviticus 19,17-18)
What does it mean to forgive? The word forgive comes from the Latin "perdonare'', derived from 'donare', which means to 'hold harmless from, to give everything', to prefix 'per' reinforcing the action.
The phrase 'perdoner la vida - spare (pardon) a life' will evolve to 'pardonare - pardon' and finally 'forgive'. It means not to keep any resentment, putting aside vengeance; it is to forget, absolve, grant reprieve.... "And if for human weakness' tis too great/ To pardon all the burnings of : regret, / Oh, spare thyself at least the scourge of hate; / Tho' thou canst not forgive, thou canst forget."(1)
Why and how should we forgive? Anger, resentment and hatred are poisons that inhibit the offended person and day after day gnaw away at him. Resentment towards a person, family or community always gives rise to thoughts of vengeance, or even hatred; this state of affairs cannot be resolved without sincere and genuine forgiveness.
It is not easy to forget, and even harder to forgive. Today, many psychotherapists work with patients on this notion of forgiveness to help the individuals manage emotions such as anger, anxiety and depression. Olivier Clerc holds 'forgiveness workshops', allowing 20 to 40 participants; the first thing he teaches though, is not forgiveness but learning to ask for forgiveness: 'Why on earth should I ask for forgiveness when I am the one who has been hurt? It is absurd. But I do not ask forgiveness for what the other person has done to me; it is his responsibility. I ask to be forgiven for what I have done with what he said or did to me.
NOT TO FORGIVE IS TO PREVENT OURSELVES FROM FULLY LIVING IN THE PRESENT, BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY 'THINKING ON THE PAST'.
I ask for forgiveness for having borne the wound for months and years. I ask to be forgiven for having used the other person as an excuse to keep my heart closed and nourishing hatred over an indefinite period. And in so doing I free myself! I regain self-control and personal responsibility.' (From an interview with Oliver Clerc) 'Have we not always been told that our heart wants to be clean and pure, as does our body, if not more? Have we not been taught that negative emotions, anger, hatred, resentment, rumour, snap judgements, and so on, end up leaving toxic deposits on the walls of our emotional system, thus preventing our heart from loving unconditionally? Nobody can pass through the narrow door of forgiveness while still burdened with anger over past events, or carrying a load of various grievances that will not do.' (2)
The need to forgive may take a trans-personal and collective dimension in cases where ancestral conflicts between ethnic or religious groups have led to wars, terrorism or genocide. In the absence of forgiveness, suffering is perpetuated, and bitterness and hatred are transmitted from one generation to the other, without ever reaching the necessary liberation from this enchainment to evil. This is the karma of peoples. For example, some states have committed genocide, like in Guatemala against the Ixil-Maya Indians.
On the road to forgiveness, we should be able to translate aggression feelings into words, and to achieve this, we will need a sympathetic ear, a confidant or a friend, a trusted person who can demonstrate compassion or a suitable practitioner. Expressing our emotions will help us identify our suffering and alleviate them. The process of forgiveness can then begin: by freeing ourselves from our first faults. The desire to return evil for evil heightens the injury and keeps us continually in the past. It becomes difficult to live in the present, and future prospects diminish and even may disappear.
Not to forgive is to prevent ourselves from fully living in the present, because we are constantly 'thinking of the past'. But it is also to deprive ourselves of spiritual development, because these unceasing thoughts strain the brain to the point of sickness. Eckhart Tolle says: 'Forgiveness is to relinquish your grievance and to let go of grief. It happens naturally once you realise that your grievance serves no purpose except to strengthen a false sense of self. Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life - to allow life to live through you. The alternatives are pain and suffering, a greatly restricted flow of life energy, and in many cases physical disease.' (3)
Can we forgive the unforgivable? Such as incest, rape, murder.....'Forgiveness is there to forgive precisely what no excuse would know how to excuse.' says the philosopher Vladimir Jankelevitch. It is 'made for such hopeless and incurable cases.'
The powerful testimony of an American death-row prisoner shows that it is possible to forgive the unforgivable. After having met with the parents of his victim, he said: 'I have never been so scared in my life and when they said they forgave me, I felt the ground opening up under my feet and I burst into tears. I was able to cry for months afterwards. By showing me what it is to be a human being, they have helped me to realise my crime.'
'FORGIVENESS OF THE CULPRIT CAN ONLY COME FROM THE PERSON WHO SUFFERED THE OFFENCE, NOT OTHERWISE."
Let us mention another incident: The picture of the little Vietnamese girl 'Kim' running naked down a village road, screaming in agony and desperation, which was portrayed on the front page of Life Magazine in 1972, had a surprising twist twenty-four years later. At a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a long granite wall on which are inscribed the names of the fifty eight thousand Americans who lost their live in Vietnam, Ms. Kim Phuc spoke out over the crowd to the author of her misfortune.
'If I could talk face to face with the pilot who dropped the bomb, I would tell him we cannot change history but we should try to do good things for the present and for the future to promote peace.'
Nearly five thousand veterans of the Vietnam War gave the young woman a standing ovation.
It took years for the Vietnamese woman to recover from the physical and psychological injuries she sustained during the attack. Offering her thank in the same breath to journalists, nurses, doctors and family members who helped her over the years following the events, she added: 'I learned that in order to be free I had to learn to forgive - the most difficult of all lessons. It didn't happen in a day and it wasn't easy. But I finally got it!'
Who are we condemn? 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her' (John 8,7), said Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees who had brought to him a woman caught in adultery. Are we ourselves also without sin that we do not have to seek the forgiveness of those around us because of our negligence, selfishness, mistakes or other quirks? The media inundate us with information that can often elicit resentment towards a person whom we have never met and whom we blame for not thinking like us or imposing a behaviour or lifestyle which we find offensive. Resentment may then build up inside us and bring us to a state where we think that the whole world, and even occasionally God, is against us! Our thought-forms thus create autonomous entities, real power centres that work invisibly like pollution hanging over nations. Therefore, we too are greatly in need of forgiveness.
Rather than hate our enemies, we must love them, as Jesus has taught us:'But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you...'(Matthew 5,44). 'Pray', is the key which represents the best form of help we can render to those who have offended us; love for our neighbour is also manifested in this action. If we pray sincerely, it spontaneously leads to forgiveness, which frees us from our resentful thoughts.
Trust in God One who is guilty of causing injury to another person is strongly tied to this wrongful action, and of course with the offended person. However, one must take into the fact that the injured party can reinforce this link and be himself tied to the wrongdoing if he entertains thoughts of hatred and vengeance. This sad state of affairs can persist in the beyond after physical death, and into the next incarnation, where the cycle of this link of thread must come to a closure and unwind, even if we no longer remember the original action. The Cosmic Laws of the Creator that enable us to forget the wrongdoings of our previous life are very wise, because otherwise, in most cases, our present life would be impossible. This is why Jesus advises in the Lord's Prayer He gave to His disciples:'And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us!'In this sentence, Abd-ru-shin tells us, 'lies the knowledge of the incorruptible and just reciprocal action of the spiritual laws ordained by the Will of God. At the same time it expresses the assurance of complete confidence therein. For the plea for forgiveness or redemption from guilt is conditional upon the petitioner having previously forgiven all the wrongs inflicted upon him by his fellow-men.' (4)
If we are offended, we should not therefore feed any resentment, any desire to return evil with evil. Have we not been told: 'To me belong vengeance and recompense. In due time their feet will slip, because their time of calamity is near and the things prepared for them draw near;, thus said the Lord in Deuteronomy 32,35 with reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. In his epistle to the Romans, Paul reiterates this same maxim:'Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written; Vengeance is mine. I will repay, says the Lord.'(12,17-19)
Recognising our faults Forgiveness is closely linked to repentance, to redemption from our faults, to purification; this is the way Jesus told His disciples: 'So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, I repent, you must forgive them.'(Luke 17, 3-4). One can then understand why Peter came to Jesus and asked: 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.' (Matthew 18, 21-22). Here the number 7 is symbolic, and Jesus' response is significant: forgiveness is not calculated, it is heartfelt or it is not. It refers to the origin of the word itself: the giving of oneself, unconditional giving.
The strongest utterance on this subject was without doubt that made by Jesus on the cross: 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' It is one of the greatest prayers of intercession ever made: that the Father might give humanity another chance to pick themselves up and make a fresh start. But one thing is required from mankind: that it repents for the inexcusable murder of the Bearer of the Truth. This prayer, though, does not allow us to interpret the death of Jesus on the cross in a wrong manner, namely, that He died to redeem our sins. This idea goes against nature and it could not be more contrary to the Laws of Creation. It is obvious that if it had truly been the case, this prayer would not have been necessary. This is why recognising our propensities and other faults is essential for progress. And it is through humility that we can receive strength for a beneficial change.
Can we receive forgiveness from a third party? The absolution given by a priest at confession, the presidential pardon which is only a relic of religion in a secular state....are contrary to the very act of forgiving, which can only be offered by the offended party. It is a wrong interpretation of the words of Jesus to His disciples: 'If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.'(John 20,23).
I should therefore like to conclude with an expert of The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin, which clearly explains how these words should be understood, and the process of forgiveness itself: 'The actions of many religious ministers, however, indicate doubt in their own teaching, because they stand in direct contradiction to it, and by their deeds they openly disavow its basic tenets. For example, the bearing of confession and the imposition of penance, the sale of indulgences whether for money or for prayer, which is supposed to be followed by the immediate forgiveness of sins, and other similar customs, are, if considered calmly, a denial of the Divine Will resting in the Laws of Creation. He who does no more than merely engage in a desultory consideration of these practices will see in them nothing else but an absolute belittlement of the Perfection of God.
'When Jesus the Son of God once said to His disciples: "Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them...", these words were not meant as a general licence to act arbitrarily. That would have been equivalent to upsetting the Divine Will as embodied in the immutable power of reciprocal action, which in its active working carries reward and punishment with incorruptible and Divine, and therefore perfect, Justice. It would have meant a permitted interruption of this law. This Jesus could never have done, neither did He do it, because He had come to "fulfil" the laws, not to overthrow them! "With these words He meant the lawful operations which rest in the Creative Will, whereby one human being can forgive that injury which he has suffered at the hands of another human being! Being the victim he has the right and also the power to forgive! His sincere forgiveness will turn aside and break the power of the karma which would otherwise surely develop for the other through reciprocal action, and in this actual happening lies at the same time real forgiveness. 'This forgiveness of the culprit can only come from the person who suffered the offence, not otherwise! It is for this reason that there is so much blessing and deliverance in personal forgiveness when it is honestly meant and intuitively felt. 'A person not immediately involved is quite naturally excluded from the threads of reciprocal action and therefore cannot actively and effectively intervene because of this fact. He can only intervene by prayer in such cases, the effect of which, however, depends on the condition of the souls of those immediately concerned. He himself must remain on the outside and therefore cannot bring about forgiveness! This alone rests in God's Will, which reveals Itself in the laws of just reciprocal actions, against which He Himself would never act, because they were perfect from the beginning according to His Will. '.......Thus no man can forgive another an offence unless he has personally been the sufferer! The law of Reciprocal Action would remain uninfluenced by anything not interwoven in it with the living thread, and this can only come about through being directly involved. Reformation alone is the living road to forgiveness! '
Original text by Claude Thibeaudeau, compiled for this Blog post by Edeltraud Grace Sources: 1 Alfred de Musset, Poems- The October night 2 Olivier Clerc. Gift of Forgiveness 3 Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now 4 Abd-ru-shin, In the Light of Truth - The Grail Message. Vol 2, Lecture: I am thy God 5 Experts from the Bible
Biomagnetic Healing is a serious modality that requires serious and committed people, who seek to work from a position of subject matter knowledge, human understanding, solid & thorough practices, the meaning and purpose of human existence and the laws that govern this existence. To do this we will naturally desire to work with clearly defined concepts, definitions and language. Confusion, contradiction & ill-defined terms cannot benefit those people we wish to assist and who will depend on us, nor ourselves.
We live and work in a world today where myriad medical, therapy & healing practices, modalities & approaches are used & applied. Serious practitioners are generally seeking to achieve an enhanced well-being, health, issue resolution and life balance for the people they are working with.
Many of these practitioners and the people who are training or mentoring them seek to work with powerful symbols and emotions, easily identifiable concepts & broadly accepted motivators.
One such concept is the almost all-encompassing concept of “Love”. Who can effectively argue with the value, genuine human identification with and validity of Love?? As with all aspects of what we work with & how we approach & go about effectively engage with people & Biomagnetic Healing, we desire & are crucially required to work with clearly defined concepts, terms & definitions.
The application of Love & the Power of Love in therapies & healing, in its cool & serene true form, applied to the actual benefit of others and not just what pleases and seems agreeable to them, that is not weak nor soft nor alluring for the senses, is a powerful & primordial force inherent in the human entity, in our most inner selves. When we have attuned ourselves to this power, in all seriousness, clarity and focused intent, we can achieve far more than when we seek easy and broader appeal, when we present a softness that borders on weakness as so many in our area of endeavour will be tempted to do.
The concept of “Love” is one of those concepts that, especially in our modern times, has been subject to manifold variations of definition, use, abuse, misuse, overuse and sometimes genuine good use. With some medium effort, you can observe dozens of errant examples on any given day. We can though also observe many instances of genuine Love, acts of Love and people or indeed animals, who demonstrate aspects of Love.
This raises the question of what genuine “Love” is. We can observe how the term is used to describe its various genuine forms of inner connection and affection between people, whether they be family, friends or partners for life, indeed also for Mankind in general and our perceptions for higher values and entities in accordance with our personal convictions.
The term is though now watered down to sell products and services, drive advertising, describe our desire for all manner of food, possessions, entertainment and activities and passions etc.
Thus we should at all times exercise an objective but serious examination of instances where the “Power of Love” is claimed as a driving energy & force for a modality, therapy or healing mode. Though some of these individuals or groups are actually serious in their intent, their own lack of clarity & comprehension as to the nature of “Love” often results in outcomes that do not genuinely benefit those we seek to assist, heal and support. Examples of this are numerous.
Biomagnetic Healing requires serious and committed people, who seek to work from a position of subject matter knowledge, human understanding, solid & thorough practices, the meaning and purpose of human existence and the laws that govern this existence. To do this we will naturally desire to work with clearly defined concepts, definitions and language. Confusion, contradiction & ill-defined terms cannot benefit those people we wish to assist and who will depend on us, nor ourselves.
In our training we offer you subject matter knowledge, human understanding, we will deal with the meaning and purpose of human existence and the laws that govern this existence. We will work with clearly defined concepts, definitions and language.
An unrecognized role of the blood is to form a connecting link between the physical body and the immaterial spirit of man. Consequently, every alteration in the composition of the blood inevitably brings about a modification in this connection and through this, a change in how we experience and perceive reality. This knowledge helps us to better understand ourselves and offers new ways to improve our well-being.
Hypoglycaemia and distress When our blood sugar level is normal the spirit feels «good in its skin», we are energetic, dynamic and engaging. But whenever the glycaemia drops, the person feels exhausted and unwell. Not only is his energy gone, but also his view of the world is altered. His recent rose coloured world becomes grey or even quite black. A person in this state of hypoglycaemia becomes anxious and is afraid of all kinds of things that are not perceived as frightful by others. Simple questions become serious problems to resolve, if not mountains to climb.
And then, just as suddenly as his outlook became darkened, very rapidly- by balancing his glycaemia – his perception of the world will be just as beautiful and simple as before.
Another well-known situation that alters a person’s state of being by modifying the composition of the blood, is the one prompted by the consumption of alcohol. When someone drinks too much and becomes drunk we say, «he is not in his right mind». But not being in one’s right mind simply means to perceive and to act differently than usual, or in other words; with a different awareness of reality. This awareness is again slowly altered as the level of blood alcohol decreases, therefore when the blood composition returns to normal. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the blood The nutritional discoveries show us daily how the presence or absence of a vitamin or a mineral alone can influence our outlook on the world.
A study made with volunteers who were fed a balanced diet but that was completely deprived of vitamin B1 showed that at the end of three months, all of the volunteers had become irritable, depressed, and worried that something terrible was going to happen to them. Some of them even felt that life was no longer worth living and contemplated suicide.
The experience ended after six months without informing the volunteers of the outcome in order to avoid the placebo effect with the reintroduction of vitamin B1. Within a few days the volunteers returned to being joyful and clear headed. They were friendly, cooperative and full of initiative.
Magnesium is also a very educational example. A slight magnesium deficiency causes irritability, nervousness, sensitivity to noise, over excitement and anxiousness. A greater deficiency can be even more disturbing, so much so in fact, that the subject is disorientated, incredibly agitated, boisterous, aggressive and subject to hallucinations. This irritable and violent behaviour will quickly disappear as soon as the organism is supplied with the missing magnesium needed to re-establish a normal blood radiation. The effects of heavy metals and additives Certain substances that alter our blood composition and our state of being come from air and water pollution. These are heavy metals, such as lead, just to name one among many. Others belong to food additives.
Besides the long term physical symptoms of lead poisoning, it also brings on depression, alters the memory and the ability to concentrate, causes nightmares and provokes hallucinations. A person whose blood contains too much lead is prone to false perceptions, that is to say, he sees and hears things that do not exist. The lead levels, along with the levels of other toxic metals is generally much higher in delinquents. It goes without saying that lead can not be held responsible for the reprehensible acts committed by prisoners. Lead does not turn one into a criminal but, by altering the composition of the blood, it does contribute to clouding our perceptions and judgement.
Around the middle of the last century, a new and unusual behaviour started showing up in some young people. These children are hyperactive. They are unable to sit still, they are continually moving about and touching everything. Their ability to concentrate is very weak and they are easily distracted. They are not able to follow through with anything, often changing their activities without finishing any of them. They are not only a concern for their surroundings but also for themselves because they are incapable of integrating. This unhealthy state of hyperactivity is due to a food additive: phosphate, and would disappear if the phosphate was removed from the child’s diet. New therapeutic possibilities The knowledge of this unrecognized connection that the blood plays between the body and spirit opens the door to new therapeutic possibilities and allows a completely different orientation of treatment towards the problems concerning psychic balance. These treatments react on the spirit by means of the blood resulting in the spirit having an unaltered perception of reality.
Disturbances, depression or distress can all be treated by supplying the blood with the elements it needs and by eliminating those that are in excess.
There are many ways to alter the composition of the blood. We can remedy deficiencies through diets that are adapted to the needs of the person being treated, as well as by using food supplements containing the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for recovery. When it is a question of cleansing the blood, we can use toxins draining methods and we can neutralize and eliminate toxic metals with the help of specific trace elements. Of course, these methods do not alter the spirit per say, but help it to transform itself. They render its state in a way that better enables it to control its different states of being towards development in life.
To possess complete freedom has always been a human being's greatest desire. The fundamental human rights guaranteed by society are not sufficient for acquiring inner freedom. A personal effort is also necessary. What then is freedom and how can we find it? Is complete freedom possible?
How free are we?
When someone says that he wants to be free, oftentimes he means that he wishes to act as he sees fit, without any restrictions, without being hindered by anything, without being accountable to anyone.
Complete freedom is impossible since a person benefitting from such freedom needs only to be confronted with another and his own freedom is quickly called into question. Consequently, the decisions he has made can come into conflict, frustrate or even be thwarted by the decisions of the second person. Complete freedom, therefore, would only be possible for a person in isolation. This is a well-known fact and is summarised in the popular saying: 'My freedom begins where yours ends.
But to be alone in the world would still not mean freedom. For man finds himself facing an external reality that he did not choose; a reality of nature that he is forced to take into consideration. Immutable laws –the laws of nature or the cosmic laws – that greatly limit his ability to exercise complete freedom govern this reality.
A human being can indeed choose to walk or to run, but not to fly, because this goes beyond the laws of his constitution. He can also decide to sow wheat rather than any other type of seed, but once this wheat is sown he cannot oppose the reality that he is then unable to reap oats! Freedom, therefore, does not just begin where another person's freedom ends, it is also ends where external realities begin.
While the possibility of living in complete freedom remains forever impossible for the human being, this does not mean that he cannot exert a relative freedom; that is to say within the framework of the laws pre-set by the Creator. The laws are indeed the expression of the Will of the Creator; they demonstrate the manner in which He wants Creation to function.
Laws, a restraint to freedom?
The prevailing framework formed by laws is felt by some to be an intolerable limitation. Following the example of those who want to live 'fearing neither God nor man', that is to say without moral (spiritual) principles, or earthly laws, such people would effectively be demanding complete freedom, which is not possible for human beings. Such would like to be able to decide everything by themselves. The question, however, arises: would they be capable of assuming such freedom? This actually implies deciding how the universe should function. The answer to this is obviously 'no' because the wisdom that governs the Laws of Creation, Laws that gear into one another, that harmonise and complement each other in such a perfect manner, guaranteeing everyone and everything his or its space, place, and so on, are high above the capacities that a human being can deploy.
Moreover, the laws are not there to limit but to safeguard the freedom of each and everyone. Due to the large number of human beings on earth, our individual freedom would be greatly restricted by that of others if there did not exist a set of rules for all to observe so that everyone can take advantage of a maximum personal freedom. These rules are contained in the Ten Commandments and were summarised by Christ when He exhorted human beings to love their neighbour as themselves.
In fact, doing unto others as we wish to be done by is the best way of respecting our mutual freedom, and to thereby giving everyone the greatest amplitude of freedom possible.
Human freedom, freedom to decide
The Creator having determined the nature and the functioning of the framework in which a human being can act, man's freedom applies only within this framework and not therefore on the structure itself. Thus it is not a question of being able to create but the freedom to decide within a pre-established framework. This ability to decide freely that is always at man's disposal is what is called the free will. In this world, only man possesses a free will.
Certainly, animals also make decisions. These decisions are, however, not free, but always predetermined. Faced with a particular event, several reactions are possible for them. They can choose what they want, but in so doing cannot choose other than what belongs to their species. For example, in the face of an adversary, a dog can choose to bite or flee, but it cannot decide to head butt its enemy as a goat or a ram would do! Lions are carnivorous. Eating meat is innate to them. They will therefore not be able to decide to adopt another diet and become vegetarian. The human being, however, can choose to do so. He can even decide to malnourish himself or to eat healthy. The repercussions of erroneous decisions will obviously make themselves painfully felt, but it is possible for man to take these decisions none the less.
Human beings sometimes envy animals because they live freely in nature. However, as we saw above, the decisions that animals can make are very limited compared to those that a human being can make. Moreover, with animals the action is always only a reaction to a stimulus produced by its environment or from its body, whereas where a human being is concerned, it can also come from a deeper wish. Thus a human being can develop because he wants to, while the animal is urged towards development. Also the evolution of man is cloaked in forms that he himself fashions, which is not the case with animals.
Where is the seat of our free will?
If the free will is a particularity of man, then where can it be found in him? At first we might assume that it is situated within the brain. However, if we reflect on the brain's functions, we must arrive at the conclusion that the brain is clearly conditioned, thus preventing it from making uninfluenced decisions.
In fact, at birth the brain does not yet contain anything. It is a completely new instrument that will be fed information as life develops. This information is received through the five senses and then stored in the memory and the intellect can work on this information through association.
This information would necessarily be different from one individual to another by virtue of upbringing, nationality, schools attended, chosen professions, newspapers that are read, radio or television broadcasts that are followed, advertisements, friends, a particular political party that is favoured, and so on. These examples clearly show that the brain is incapable of making an uninfluenced decision since all its reasoning is impregnated and conditioned by its desires, concepts and opinions … influenced by the outside world.
However, to make an absolutely free decision, it is necessary that the decision-making centre be capable of choosing without being influenced by external conditioning.
Therefore, if the free will is not seated in the brain, where is it? Given that the body possesses no other organ as sophisticated and noble as the brain, the free will must be sought elsewhere, without, however, seeking only in a materialistic fashion as man of today is used to doing. If, in fact, we exclusively use this materialistic approach, we are forced to look for the free will only in another of the body's organs.
But the constitution of a human being is composed of an immaterial element. This element is the spirit, used in the sense of soul. The spirit, which originates in the spiritual plane, or Paradise, does not have the same constitution as the physical body. It is composed of substance from the spiritual plane, while the physical body is composed of materials from the material plane. The nature of these two planes differs greatly and because of this difference the spirit sojourning on earth must be cloaked in a covering or be equipped with an instrument that allows it to make contact with its surroundings and to react therein. This instrument is the physical body. Consequently, the spirit incarnates into the body, but it is not the body itself. Neither is it the brain.
Due to its origin, the spirit is immune to all the socio-cultural conditioning to which the brain is subjugated. It is indeed struck by the impressions originating from the terrestrial plane, but they are not engraved on the spirit as they are in the brain. In fact, unlike the brain, the spirit is not empty but possesses spiritual abilities conferred on it by the Creator. The external impressions compel these abilities to react and to manifest, which in turn contribute to their development. There is therefore no question of a conditioning, but only development of the inner, personal abilities.
Therefore, it is the spirit that makes uninfluenced decisions, that is to say freely. The spirit is the seat of man's free will.
Inner obstacles to freedom
Freedom is sometimes presented as something unto itself, outside of a human being that man can appropriate. In truth, the possibility of being free exists deep within the human being. It becomes a reality only when man uses the free will of his spirit.
In this light, freedom of belief, of thought, of expression, to assemble and so on as may be contained in a bill of rights are not freedom as such, but laws of society that serve to guarantee each person the possibility of using his free will unhindered. However, these laws only make it possible to use our free will, they do not force us to do so. And if a person does not use it, he is not free, even if he were living in a country that guarantees fundamental human rights. The obstacles to freedom can therefore be internal as well as external. More often than not they are internal.
The main reason for this is that, normally, during his earthly sojourn, the human being should essentially make decisions with his spirit and his brain should execute them. This division of labour can be explained as follows: the earthly plane where the spirit finds itself for the duration of its incarnation is alien to it due to its different nature. It is therefore unable to fully grasp this plane and to react upon it in the same way the brain can due to its nature. Thus, the role of the brain is to assist the spirit and carry out the decisions it makes. In order to accomplish this it must likewise possess the ability to decide so that it can make a choice among the multiple material possibilities that are available to it.
The intellect's decision-making centre has a much narrower field of activity than that of the spirit. It only understands the material world, whereas the spirit has a larger view that extends beyond matter. Nevertheless, for a long time now man has opted to use only his cerebral capabilities, his intellect, above all else instead of primarily using his spiritual faculties that are on a much higher level hierarchically and should take the lead over intellectual abilities. With time, the latter became overdeveloped, much to the detriment of the spiritual faculties and the result is that decisions are taken more often by the intellect today rather than by the spirit.
But the more a human being consults and submits to his intellect, the less he uses the free will inherent in his spirit. And the less he uses his free will, the less freedom he has. The loss of spirituality therefore quite naturally leads to a loss of freedom.
By submitting to the intellect, man again hinders himself in another way. Owing to the restricted vision of reality that the intellect possesses, the decisions that it makes without the spirit's lead are consequently fragmented and because of this are often opposed to the Laws of Creation.
By making decisions that oppose the laws he creates a difficult destiny for himself. Man's destiny is indeed not arbitrary, but there are consequences of past actions: 'whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap'. Obstacles, conflicts and problems that he will be forced to live and that will in turn limit his possibilities to act completely freely.
Disrespect for the laws and the obstacles that bar the way to the free use of our will can also arise from a person not positively developing his abilities but instead who cultivates some sort of propensity. Effectively, an inclination for money or likewise envy, hatred, and so on, will always 'incline' the person towards a precise direction. Such a person can then no longer make a free decision because he must constantly struggle against this inclination that is persistently knocking on his door. Instead of having many different choices at his disposal, one powerful and influencing element is always at the forefront. And this influence is an obstacle that blocks the complete and total use of his free will.
The non-observance of the laws therefore leads to the loss of freedom. This is the exact opposite of what is commonly believed. In fact, where the Laws of Creation guarantee the maximum freedom for everyone, their non-observance logically leads to a loss of this freedom.
What is the purpose of the free will?
The human spirit did not create itself; no more than it created the abilities that lie in it. The Creator placed these abilities in his spirit as possibilities, but it is man's duty to bring them to full blossom from this state of possibility to a state of reality. Does the history of humanity, and moreover that of the mineral reign, the vegetable and animal kingdoms not demonstrate a movement from the simple to the complex, from the slightly developed to the more developed, or even from the unconscious to the more conscious? But these capabilities can only be developed when they are used. And for this to happen, the spirit must want something. By wanting to be respectful, patient, helpful … the spirit engages the corresponding faculties that lie within it and forces them to manifest. Thus in the same way that muscles develop through exercise, so do our spiritual capabilities develop and blossom the more they are used.
The ultimate goal of the efforts we expend throughout our existence is therefore not only our material survival and ultimately the achievement of great things on earth, but it is to develop the innate abilities that reside in the spirit. Moreover the goal of human existence is to fully develop the abilities of the spirit, for it is only when the spiritual abilities are brought to complete maturation that the human spirit can return to its home: Paradise.
Preventing someone from using their free will unhindered, whether this is the State by not guaranteeing the fundamental human rights to its citizens, or by an individual, through the exertion of various types of pressures, is one of the most serious crimes against humanity. This does not only generate earthly suffering, but spiritually it hinders the development of the spirit that is the true essence of a human being.
The use of the free will should therefore be seen less as only a possibility that we can choose to use or not, but rather as something within that man must absolutely apply in his life. Because for the human spirit in Creation, freedom is less of a right than a duty and the more an individual becomes free by observing the Laws of Creation, the more those in his surroundings can become free as well.
1. It receives energy 2. It transforms these energies to make them usable 3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws. In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function that is air, beverage and food. In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2). For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated.
The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness.
But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. But the Law of Cause and Effect also applies to the Soul and Spirit. The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is indeed not only a religious conception by the way but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, already believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul) 2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter 3. The physical body The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks, incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”. Now, the Laws we have been talking about the physical body are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this even more we will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body. Our spirit-our true self – comes from the spiritual realm, also called Paradise, which is situated far above all of the material planes. During its migration down towards the earth it traverses planes differing in consistency and receives a corresponding covering or body from each plane, so that it can experience and be active there. One cloak is thus laid over the other, and the last, outermost covering is the earthly body. In this way the concept of “soul” describes the human spirit with its various cloaks of finer material substance excluding the physical body.
The heart as seat of our soul? We generally envisage the heart as the seat of our emotions and our mind. We speak of ‘sadness breaking our heart’ or our heart ‘overflowing with joy’, wish for something or love someone ‘with all our heart’. This is, however, not about the physical organ that beats in our chest, but to do with our soul, which is the designation for the immaterial cloaks encasing our spiritual core. The soul is connected with the physical body via the solar plexus, which is located close to the heart. Strong emotions are felt at this spot and they can even change our heart rhythm.
Our longings, wishes and anxieties therefore have their origins in our soul and are of a much finer consistency than the thoughts, feelings and instincts our body can produce. The notion that our inner life takes place at the emotional level of the soul and not on the physical level should actually not be unfamiliar to us. If we are sad because something painful has hit us, we feel heavy. This emotional feeling of heaviness has nothing to do with an increase in body weight, but indicates a change in the fine, ethereal cloaks around our soul. They lose some of their lightness, which we can feel as weighing down on our body. Painful experiences leave behind ‘wounds of the soul’, through which the soul can be impaired in its activity, in a similar way as the body may be affected by a physical wound.
Full-value and denatured ‘soul food” Just as the foodstuffs, medicines and toxins that we take into our body can leave their traces in the body milieu, the same also applies to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions: these affect the soul body in their respective nature and leave their imprint upon it. The foodstuffs that are favourable for our physical well-being correspond in the ethereal aspects to noble, constructive and luminous thoughts, practised love of the next person, helpfulness and a respectful attitude towards others, but also a striving for ennoblement and justice. Such thoughts enliven our soul and help it to unfold. Great principles such as a conscientious sense of duty and of justice can be perverted into a compulsion to control and a hardheartedness. These then resemble denatured foods – which have therefore been partially robbed of their valuable content (refined foods) or contain strange and dangerous ingredients (foods poisoned by additives).
Just as we take stimulants (tobacco, alcohol, coffee) in order to feel invigorated and full of energy, we can use harmful qualities such as vanity, ambition, hatred or envy to stimulate our inner life artificially. Such stimulation may well occur, but it exhausts the energy of the soul without making it productive. And just as a deficiency of vitamins, proteins or mineral substances can lead to various symptoms and signs in the body, a deficiency of noble and up building thoughts deprives our soul of a basis that is indispensable for its unfolding.
If we consume foods containing toxins or which have been poisoned by chemical treatment, we burden our body environment; if we submit to dark, inhibiting or hate-filled thoughts and act accordingly, we are degrading our soul environment!
There is also a parallel to overeating: an excessive consumption of food and beverages will overload and cause blockages in our organism. In exactly the same way, the deluge of information that assails us from the various media (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, Internet ….) and which clogs our consciousness with a mass of unprocessed impressions leads to a downright contamination and poisoning the soul.
A fleeting thought that flashes in our mind and disappears again has a far less influence on our soul environment than recurrent thoughts or impulses. The latter will stick to us far more persistently and influence our soul much more strongly because of their repeated reinforcement. But that is not all! A major role is also played by the intensity with which we perceive something. The more deeply an event touches us, the more we are moulded by the emotions, feelings and thoughts the experience triggers. The joy we feel when we have escaped from a great danger, as well as the deep pain that fills us after a traumatic experience, will imprint indelible marks on our psyche.
Everything has small beginnings As long as our soul is unburdened, our life will proceed in harmony and the joy of living remains intact in spite of the small problems which confront us in our day-to-day life. However, should negative thoughts and perceptions make inroads into our soul, these will cause frictions with our surroundings, which then lead to annoyance, aggressiveness or bitterness. These are the first signs of a deterioration of our soul environment. In the initial stages it is not difficult for the affected person to re-establish his inner balance and harmony with his surroundings. It is enough to straighten out and regain control over his thought processes and to refrain from nurturing any interfering thoughts.
Without this self-examination and resulting corrective action, the soul environment will continue to deteriorate. From a certain point we begin to react irrationally or even violently to the most minor disturbances or problems. This state corresponds to that of an acute illness in the physical. The normal level of tolerance is overstretched and the crises erupting bring to the surface what has been churning away deep down in us for some time. The severity of these crises – which can occur often in our life – helps us to recognise that something has got into a mess.
If we shut our eyes before this fact or do not change our lifestyle accordingly, things will continue to go downhill. Over time it becomes a habit: conflict situations are no longer recognised as such, but instead are accepted as unchangeable conditions. The one concerned becomes resigned to his fate. This ‘soiling of the soul’ becomes the cause of numerous inner and outer conflicts and chronic problems. The person increasingly changes his behaviour and gradually succumbs to various dependencies and vices. Such degenerative conditions of the body have a parallel on the soul plane: mental derangement or insanity. The view of reality is totally skewed, the personality has changed for the worse, self-respect has withered and the consciousness of good and evil has been lost.
Conditions for mental health Exactly as there are laws which have to be observed to preserve our physical well-being, there are also laws which govern our psychic health. If we observe them we lay the foundation for the harmony and balance of our soul. This includes everything that helps us to improve ourselves, to refine and ennoble our nature and to encourage respect for ourselves as well as a respectful attitude towards our fellow human beings.
Just as toxins can be eliminated from our body, we can also free our soul from the accumulated burden. In this way disturbances can be avoided, which would otherwise arise as a lawful reciprocal effect. Unlike our physical body, the decontamination on the soul plane cannot be achieved through the mobilisation of the excretory organs. The impulse for purification has to come from within, from the soul itself. It has to be willing to renounce harmful thoughts and perceptions. If these are not further nourished, they lose their power and their influence on people. This, by itself, is not sufficient by a long shot however, for the good does not automatically develop in us simply because the bad is ebbing away. What is destructive must be replaced by constructive activity.
With the body the excretion of toxins is not sufficient for a regeneration of the body environment either. It has to be given nourishment that was previously withheld from it. In the mental arena, this corresponds to the willingness of the person to be open to helpful streams of power and to strive for the development of enhancing characteristics. It is undesirable, however, to continuously dwell on and analyse his shortcomings and mistakes, his faults and deficiencies, as such concentration continually channels reinforcement to these.
If the milieu of the soul has recovered, then it has also regained its power of resistance to attacks from the outside. Just as even the most aggressive microbes cannot survive in a healthy body environment, just as little can harmful influences unfold their effects on a person with an intact soul environment. This is the effect of the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, which causes opposites to repel.
If we neglect consciously to change the environment of our soul by a voluntary effort, then truly shattering events may yet cause us to do so. It is like events on the physical plane, where illnesses can prompt a change in our habitual lifestyle.
Now it must be noted that the decision to change is not yet the change itself. This can only come from appropriate efforts on our part and the desired results will not be instantaneous! We may therefore not expect any immediate results. Anyone who thinks that his good intentions alone will have immediate effect and make his life nice, peaceful and harmonious, is in error. Such hopes do not correspond to reality. Everything that a person has been storing in the depths of his soul is still there within him. He must first detach himself in order to become free. This detachment or excretion process takes some time. As it does on the physical plane, the initial impression is getting worse because the problems that were repressed into the deeper layers of the soul now suddenly come to the surface to be detached in resolutions. Contrary to appearances, things are already going upwards, because a good direction has previously been taken and the soul environment is no longer burdened by new waste material and thereby its renewal process has already commenced.
Our future, our fate- nothing is by chance! Our thoughts, our decisions and actions thus leave traces on the plane of the soul. These can remain unnoticed for a long time and unfold a tangible effect at a later point in time and influence our behaviour – according to the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species – as well as our future.
Our soul attracts what is homogeneous to it. If we want to alter a situation in which we find ourselves, then it does not help in the long term if we merely try to escape from that particular situation. The surest way is to change ourselves, to change our own attitudes and motivations. This is because as soon as our innermost being is changed, it also has no further homogeneity with the given situation anymore; it even rejects it, or in other words, it has no more affinity with it.
Fate therefore has nothing to do with chance. It is created from what emanates from us: our thoughts, desires and actions. The key to our fate lies in our free will, because through this free will we have it in our hands to determine what emanates from us- what we ‘sow’ – and what consequently – according to the Law of Reciprocal Action – returns to us as harvest. Seed and harvest, sowing and reaping, exist not only in the earthly but also in the ethereal plane of the soul, whereby here too the harvest embraces a multiple of the seed.
The Law of Balance likewise has an effect on all the planes. In the psychic realm it is about the balance between giving and taking: the results of our endeavours are always dependent on the magnitude of our efforts. Of two musicians with identical abilities, the one who practices daily will achieve better results than the one who only occasionally does any rehearsing. Similarly, a person who cultivates a respectful and friendly association with his fellow men will have a much more harmonious relationship with his surroundings than someone who makes no effort in this direction.
Neglect of the law of balance in our relationships with others leads to numerous problems. A child whose every wish is granted by its parents without it having to give something in return, can very easily become a spoilt and unhappy child. Being used to getting everything without having to give something in return, it will expect to obtain good marks at school without putting in the necessary effort. Such a person will later on perhaps expect higher wages for his work performance than what is his due, and demand more from society than he is himself able and willing to give.
The Law of Movement stipulates that everything that wants to stay alive and health as well as continue to develop, must remain in constant movement by its own efforts. This applies to the body as to the soul. Our core of being can only develop further if it is in constant movement, thus is active. For our true self, our spirit, this movement is expressed by its dealing with matters that are in accordance with its species, which means concerns that transcend what is earthly and material. This includes the quest for the meaning of life and dealing with the big questions such as: Where do we come from? Why are we here on earth? Where do we go after we die?
Just as our physical abilities and skills can vary in effectiveness and strength, depending on how intensively we make use of them, so it is also with our spiritual abilities. We can also have well developed spiritual abilities at our disposal if they are frequently being exerted – but not if the spirit within us has been asleep and become ‘stunted’, because we have neglected it. This also explains the fact why the presence of an immaterial ego within us as well as the existence of otherworldly realms are self-evident realities for some people, while others have great difficulty to even take into serious consideration the possibility of the existence of anything beyond the earthly. It is a consequence of the Law of Reciprocal Action that a person acquires those abilities which he himself has been striving for. Whoever has an animated inner life, and is thus not concerned with only material things, has thereby also developed his spiritual abilities, which will help him to shape his fate in a much more conscious way.
(Author Christopher Vasey, compiled by Edeltraud Grace)
Balance In All Things?? A hard work ethic, great credentials, solid experience & business savvy are excellent fundamentals to success in many careers or business ventures. There are a few more that are just as valuable, every one of us could name one or several of these. Are these attributes sufficient though, to attain & maintain success in your career & business endeavours, whilst also maintaining our own personal goals and well-being outside of career & business? Are they actually enough to attain & maintain success professionally? Do they suffice to enable and support healthy and positive relationships with our work colleagues, personal friends & family? In many facets of our lives, we can observe and understand aspects of what we are, how we are and how we live, function, work, play, relax, stress out, recuperate, maintain or regain balance, succeed in what we do & express our commitment to goals and worthy initiatives. As in all things though, optimal or even sufficient sustainable performance can only be achieved when we maintain inner balance. This inner balance exists on several levels within us and can be recognized again by several key indicators. Some are well known and easily observable, several crucial aspects of our inner state though are perceptible both on a physical and non-physical level and are not so obvious to recognise. Bio-Magnetic Energy balances, flows & states are a prime example of this, and one that is far too often simply not in the awareness spectrum of the average person, or people who seek to establish, maintain or improve the well-being or overall Consciousness of Life of others. We can survive and live or work through periods of Bio-Magnetic Energy imbalance, or disruptions to their natural flows through our being, however as Bio-Magnetism is a fundamental of our physical and non-physical self, an enabler of the micro-electrical communications through our nervous system as an example, disruptions here can only generate negative outcomes and reduce our overall ability to perform or simply feel well. The human being requires the free flow of Bio-Magnetic energies in a similar manner to the requirement for healthy blood to flow to all parts and extremities of the body. Balance in all things. Only through balance can dynamic develop and expand, with dynamic being the engine for creating, sourcing or leveraging energy. Energy is what drives and powers us to genuine achievement. However without direction, energy is soon a disruptor, it is quickly dissipated, misused and becomes an obstacle to success & well-being. We ourselves, through our free will and our own decisions, determining how we will live, how well we control and exercise our emotions and drive, where we direct our energies and efforts in everyday life, where our passions, ambitions and goals are, we are who create the directions for our energies. Harmonious, balanced and positive, or disruptive, combative and negative. Our free will, our decisions. As we navigate all the influences around us, as we contend with the positive and negative effects of our past decisions and actions (aka karma...), it is in the end us ourselves who decide what we want to do, which direction we decide to take at every intersection in our lives. A key point to remember though, is that we are often simply not, or minimally aware of just how well we are doing there, how positive or negative we direct our energies and thus affect and influence our environment, our associates, our activities. We will though then eventually experience the outcomes of our actions and volitions. The great, the ordinary and the, well, things we may need to revise in life. This applies in our personal lives as much as in our career and business endeavours. The Universe makes little distinction when Universal Laws apply. The “Spark of Life” concept and the communications that makes our organism function… As we research, work with, delve into and observe the interactions and ramifications of Bio-Magnetic energies for the human entity, as a prime example, we can perceive and recognize some fundamentals that are both physical and non-physical in nature. Just as we are all aware that we have physical, mental and perceived human states and senses, so we also have the associated Bio-Magnetic states of balance and flows. When we consider that the human body would cease to function the moment the billions of minute micro-electrical impulses would cease to flow between the neurons within our brain, and then out to all parts of our body to generate those functions, and that this cannot happen without the associated Bio-magnetic fields being generated, then we begin to comprehend that disturbances to the body’s ability to generate or maintain healthy Bio-magnetic fields must negatively hinder our health & well-being. These bio-electrical impulses that the body generates and uses to maintain the functions of the brain and body, are in reciprocal balance with the simple and clear physical laws that electrical energy cannot exist without the associated bio-magnetic fields & energies. Hinder one, you hinder the other. When we are physically, mentally or emotionally unwell, then this is also reflected in disturbances to our bodily functions. These can be minute through moderate to major outcomes or effects. However they always manifest in body in some form. This though also then impacts the nervous system which transmits these bio-electrical impulses from the brain to the body functions. Logically and clearly, this then also reversely impacts the associated brain functions, as hinderances to the bio-electrical impulse transmissions will cause the continual feedback systems our body maintains through the same bio-electrical transmissions back to the originating segments of the brain. Again these can be minute, minor, moderate or major effects, as we observe in many symptoms, people and case studies. Circling back now, remembering that all bio-electrical activity, indeed all electrical activity, cannot exist without the associated magnetic fields and energies, it becomes logical and easy to comprehend that if you can detect, perceive and understand the bio-magnetic fields of a person, and thus the associated bio-magnetic energy flows of that person, you will be in a position to not only detect disturbances in those fields, but also where and what is being affected in that person’s body. The next logical step is to develop natural methods of neutralizing localized or “whole of body” disturbances in the bio-magnetic field of a person, removing “blockages” to the natural flows of the bio-magnetic energies and thus removing the resulting degradation of bio-electrical impulse transmissions or flows between the brain, the affected body functions and back again to the brain. We should here once again also recall that the emotional effects of minor, moderate or major disturbances (“trauma”) to our body functions or inversely to our personal self, will cause reciprocal emotional trauma or effects, which can very often remain long after the original physical trauma has been negated or removed. Inversely, emotional trauma will often also result in disturbances to our bio-electrical, and thus also our bio-magnetic fields. Restore one to degrees of normalised functionality and balance, then you restore the other to degrees of normalised functionality and balance. For that, as in all activities that depend on degrees of expertise, we need to work with people who have developed a greater understanding of these facets and have practiced skills in detecting and resolving blockages, irregularities and imbalances. Where though the balance has not been restored, we will always struggle to achieve and perform to the best of our abilities in any specific or all aspects of our well-being, health, personal goals, family life, intellectual or spiritual endeavours, career or even in sports and other physical activities. First though in this regard, we must have the will to achieve balance. It is our decision to make… Where there is a will there is a way? People who mentor and advise others in ramping up their performance and achieving goals in life recognize the natural and critical role that the human volition (our free will…) to succeed in our endeavours plays. Whether in our careers or business, our families, our house and home, friendships, sports, hobbies, community activities, education, beliefs and convictions and many other aspects of our lives in which we place a value. We want the things we do to turn out well, we want the people we value and love to enjoy well-being and success. We have come to understand that the best basis for success and positive outcomes is for the individual to be working from a balanced and optimally positive basis: Our own selves with our physical and inner well-being, resilience, access to personal resources, positive frame of mind, with clear and unobstructed capabilities of intellect, intuition, reasoning, inspiration, focus, clear thinking and a healthy body. We should not neglect the fabled balance of “mind, body and spirit…” Would any of us imagine that someone described as having "a weakened or troubled soul", or had "lost the spirit" to achieve something, would be doing well and be happy or contented with their lives? Conclusions? I trust that above considerations and insights will also assist all of our readers, to attain a clearer comprehension of how and why the “wonder-work” of the human organism reflects and reproduces laws and an ordinance that pervades all of our physical Universe, and indeed beyond that, in our life and existence. In the simple but fascinating example of how the movement of electrons between atoms and molecules with the related magnetic fields and energies (electrical movement), is a fundamental facet of both galaxies, planets and also the human body, our brain and our forms of cognition beyond our brain, it’s emotional and mental states, reflects and is reflected in our inner states, perceptions and everything that makes us human. We live in these bodies because of this incredible and fascinating architecture. The question we can ask ourselves, is whether this was a product exclusively of evolution, or was it a meeting of the physical body that evolution produced and the “Spark of Life” that the Universe provided? Balance in all things.
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Introduction: Purpose of his life lies deep in the soul of each individual human being Many problems in modern day life and many psychological states people experience are not caused by external or cognitive factors; the root for problems lies deeper and can be found viewing the human being in its entirety. Our innermost core, the self or ego, the primordial personality is spirit; the soul body and the physical body are merely cloaks for it. (These concepts are in detail explained in the work “In the Light of Truth” The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin). The two bodies do not work together automatically, without “guidance”; rather, they jointly serve the higher placed spiritual entity. “Serving” implies that body and soul do not fulfil an end in itself, but benefit a higher purpose, namely the development of the spirit, which should go from an unconscious to a conscious state. To make headway on this road and do justice to its intrinsic nature, which expresses itself in an unquenchable longing for knowledge, light and truth, the spirit must remain in constant movement, striving from one goal to the next, and experiencing mutual satisfaction as well as further encouragement from the significance of its activity. But when, owing to a wrong inner adjustment, the spiritual striving towards consciousness is blocked, this “suppression” can appear- in the truest sense of the word- as depression. The liveliness of the spirit, which normally glows through body and soul, remains inhibited, and attempts to master this self-alienation by intellectual will power, often end in even more depressive brooding. While in the case of endogenous depression the natural harmony of body, soul and spirit is disturbed foremost by physical blockages and therefore can be helped with physical means (medication, life style changes, nutrition, Healing Magnetism etc.), and with exogenous depression psychological slips (traumas from the past, trapped emotions, mental problems) are decisive and can be helped with Psychotherapy or energy based methods like EFT, Flower Essences and Healing Magnetism (when it relates to problems in the energy body), an additional third and important kind of depression must be mentioned which points to the spiritual. Many typical social phenomena of our time, from the escape of people in alcohol, drugs or else sects to widespread leisure frustration, show that our recognition of the purpose of life has been lost, and we cultivate a lifestyle at odds with and seriously frustrating to the bearings and goal of our core being, the spirit. How do doubts about the meaning of life, which are probably an inseparable aspect of any materialistic world view, become morbid? This question is usually beyond the scope of scientific research, because scientists pretty much at large ignore the spiritual dimension of being human. This dimension urges us to search for meaning in our lives. It connects and elevates body and soul, but is hardly to be approached by scientific means. We human spirits need a sense of purpose. The longing frequently manifests in an inner restlessness which is often misunderstood or distorted and through some external gratification can lead to an addiction. Let us heed this unrest and see in it an expression of our inner voice, which reveals that our spirit is crying out and seeking the fulfilment of purpose and reconnection with a Higher Will! “You earthmen are in this Creation to find happiness! In the Living Language which God speaks to you! And to understand this Language, to learn it, and to sense inwardly the Will of God in it, that is your goal during your journey, through Creation. In Creation itself to which you belong, lies the explanation of the purpose of your existence, and at the same time also the recognition of your goal. In no other way can you find either. This demands of you that you live Creation. But you are only able to live or experience it when you really know it.” (The Grail Message-In the Light of Truth-Lecture: The Language of the Lord) Elisabeth Lukas (PHD, Logotherapist) expresses something similar: “Initially there is an intense desire to gain an understanding not only of Creation but also of our part in it, to uncover the spirit spark within and by so doing to fulfil the purpose of our existence.” This purpose will differ for each person, for no one can determine the purpose of another’s life. Neither can a therapist prescribe meaning or purpose to a patient, but he can encourage and accompany him to find his inner self, taking into account his symptoms and latent abilities. The only path to be followed in seeking the purpose of his life lies deep in the soul of each individual human being. This search for purpose is always to be found in the present, at this actual moment. User Manual for Yearning, the laws of nature An expression of our spirit is yearning. What then is “yearning”? Yearning in reality is that deep longing in our spirit, it is a living, driving force which is even stronger than the instinct of self-preservation. The instinct of self-preservation concentrates itself on the survival of body, yearning concentrates on the development of the spirit. The spirit longs to develop. Yearning rightly understood and engendered always strives for spiritual development, enabling us to live a conscious, happy life in this Creation. Have a look at following map:
The destination on this map leads to the fulfilment of the longing (here metaphorically represented by a full treasure chest), our yearning and the roads which lead to our destination are the Laws of Nature, the Laws of Creation which we have to know and follow in order to reach our destination. On this map you will find following paths. -Development -The Cycle of Life -Give and Take -Sowing and Reaping -Attraction of Like to Like -Love Our spirit can consciously take these paths to come nearer to the fulfilment of its Yearning. It is vital that we know these laws of Creation. As spiritual being we can and have to consciously adapt to them. So let’s shortly before we continue on our own search for our personal purpose, recap what the laws of Creation are all about. (For deeper explanations about these laws we recommend to read the Grail Message, In the Light of Truth)
The Laws of Creation We carry as individuals the responsibility for all our thoughts and actions. Therefore it is important for us to understand the laws in the universe, so we can live in a way which only brings happiness to us. If we turn towards the good, all else also becomes good. It immediately manifests in relationships, the family and finally on the whole people. The laws of Creation, the natural laws operate uniformly throughout the whole Creation; we find them everywhere, in the earthly sphere as well as in the invisible part of Creation. Some of them shall be examined here.
A: The law of reciprocal action or the law of action and re-action The law of action and re-action is like all the Laws in Creation clearly visible in the material world. What we sow we will reap. The bible passage (Gal.6.7) says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (So we can not reap, but we shall reap!) This Law applies not only to the earthly sowing and reaping! If therefore a person puts good thoughts, perceptions and deeds into the world according to this Law he will harvest, at a certain time, a multitude of goodness, but if the volition is evil many dark reactions will return. All our thoughts, if felt strongly enough, tend to take on form in our life. This is why we have to observe our thoughts carefully if we want to have success in life. If we think for example very often on financial difficulties, we invite the difficulty to stay in our life. Whatever you focus on, for whatever you use your energy, this will become more! It is like a field: If you sow seeds you will harvest a multitude of what you have sown. If you focus your thoughts onto the good, then you invite fulfilment, affluence and success into your life. But if your thoughts constantly circle around your problems, constantly circle around, e.g. why you don’t bring home enough money each month, you will go on feeling frustrated and needy. Our thoughts become reality.
B. The law of attraction or the law of attraction of homogenous species. Every thought is energy, and it attracts through the law of attraction things, people and circumstances into your life, which correspond to the energy of these thoughts, -like a magnet. Ill thoughts attract ill experiences. Beneficial thoughts attract beneficial experiences. The Movie the Secret brought this Law into the awareness of many people nowadays. Unfortunately there are still lots of people in our society, who do not like this law. Through the exact lawfulness just explained do we also attract work colleagues, partners, neighbours etc. If you experience problems, your opposite is just mirroring to you who you are, showing you your own weaknesses and also strengths. You can discover your own capabilities in others or you can discover what still needs worked on in you. The outside mirrors to us what we carry in our inner world.
C. The law of gravity We can observe, for example, how a piece of iron sinks to the bottom in a glass of water, whereas a piece of cork does not go under, but stays on top. The effect is exactly the same in our human life. According to our good or evil volitions, a human soul makes itself lighter or heavier. Like all forces in nature, the force of gravity can work for us or against us. Habits have for example an enormous force of gravity. The direction of the force of gravity concerning some of our habits can prevent us, to go where we want to go. To change deep seated habitual tendencies like self-doubt, impatiens, being overly critical or egocentricity, characteristics which are opposite to the principle of up building human life (or love), ask more of us then just a bit of will power and some minor changes in our life. We are required to use an enormous amount of exertion to free ourselves from the gravity force of these habits, but if we have done it we experience a freedom on a totally new dimension. Change-true change-comes always from within, from inside out…….Change happens through the concentration on the ROOTS- on the tissue of our thoughts, the fundamental, essential thought patterns which make our character and form the lens, through which we perceive the world. Also here I want to mention that thoughts alone can pull us down, and under circumstances it demands greatest effort from us, to bring ourselves “up” again.
The human spirit is asked to be in constant movement, to be able to further develop. With standstill there is already regression. These three universal laws remind us daily, yes hourly, yes each moment that we are fully responsible for our thoughts, words and deeds. Nothing happens to us coincidentally. All happenings are based on the law of Reciprocal Action (=Action/Re-action) and will come always strengthened back to us, not caring if the impact on us is pleasant or unpleasant. To know about these laws is vital for our life, also with our search for our personal purpose.
Journey out of a purposeless life So let’s continue on our search for purpose. Our modern society in general has prepared a fertile soil for the suppression of our inert yearning for a meaningful life which leads very often to so-called noogenic depression (Nous=spirit). Our way of life creates a favourable climate for profound frustrations. When such conditions in society meet with a person’s psychological weakness (chronic anxiety, lack of will power, tendency towards addictions etc.) then identity crisis can easily grow to a sturdy noogenic depression. A significant proportion of all depressions can be attributed to the lack of spiritual activity which is particularly cultivated by our spiritually disoriented life style. The signposts around us pointing to the fulfilment of our yearning have nowadays changed, and they often lead us to places which bring only confusion or even harm to ourselves, others around us and our environment.
What can we do, if we find ourselves in such a life situation where we want to follow the call of our yearning, or we have not followed it since so long and we do not know how to even start? I want to introduce you here to some thoughts which are based on Logotherapy. Logotherapy founded by Viktor Frankl, places the spirituality of man at the centre again. As do all psychotherapies, Logotherapy or also called Franklian Psychotherapy, rests on a number of assumptions that cannot be proved nor disproved with certainty. We can only test the validity of these assumptions by living AS IF they were true, to see if they make sense within the framework of our lives. Logotherapies main focus is to help people find meaning in their lives. Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. Neurologist and psychiatrist and founder of Logotherapy also known as Existential Analysis, was able to proof the validity of his assumption during the three years he did spend in various concentration camps by the Nazis, including Theresianstadt, Ausschwitz and Dachau during the Second World War. (During these years he lost his wife and parents.) As a student of human behaviour, Dr. Frankl naturally began to observe the people around him. People’s reactions to their predicament and the horrors they observed around them varied widely. Dr. Frankl found that those people that chose the emotion of hopelessness, and who simply gave up did not survive for long. His book which is about Logotherapy and his experiences in the concentration camp, “Man’s search for Meaning”, has sold over 9 Million times worldwide. There are many books out there written by people who want to guide others in their search for meaning. Viktor Frankl has gone through great suffering himself and we find with Viktor Frankl a man who can give us good ideas about how to find meaning in the frame of true life crises. Many people might find themselves in a deep “hole” and deepest sorrow at times, so let’s look what Frankl has to say to us.
Here are his basic assumptions. Let’s see, feel or understand if they make sense in our own life: 1.The human being is an entity consisting of body, mind and spirit. 2.Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable. 3.People have a will to meaning (a will to find meaning in their lives). 4.People have freedom under all circumstances to activate their will to find meaning. 5.Life has a demand quality to which people must respond if decisions are to be meaningful. 6.The individual is unique.
We will look at each assumption now in more detail. 1.The human being is an entity of body (soma), mind (psyche) and spirit (noose). Although this is nothing new, the concept is relatively new in the field of mental health or medicine. Before Freud, medicine did not take into account the dimension of the psyche; it did not realize that sicknesses could be caused by anxieties, fears and repressed drives such as sex and anger. Before and after Freud, medicine did not take into account the dimension of the human spirit; it did not realize, and still does not generally realize that sickness can be triggered by a repressed or ignored will to find meaning, or by existential frustration, and by conflicts of values or conscience. Even less does medicine recognize the healing power of seeing a meaning in life, some goals to reach, tasks to fulfil-of seeing a purpose to exist and act. Nevertheless already in the bible is written that man can’t live on bread alone. The emergence of holistic health movements has made us aware of the interrelationships of body, mind and spirit, but the curative and preventive functions of the human spirit are still widely ignored by the medical profession. It is important to know that Frank’s use of the term “spirit” is not necessarily a religious concept, but instead implies a universal human dimension, just like the body (soma) and the mind (psyche). Every man, woman and child has a spirit. More specifically, Frankl said that body and mind are what we have. Spirit is not something we have, Spirit, according to Frankl, is what we are. In other words, we do not have a spirit, we are spirit. To avoid confusion between the terms spiritual and religious, Frankl used the term noetic, from the Greek word noose meaning “spirit” or, more generally, a specifically human quality. Therefore, Frankl also referred to the dimension of the spirit as the “specifically human” dimension. The contents of the human dimension, the spirit, are tremendous, often untapped resources of health. We have to become aware of this treasure chest of health and become motivated to make use of these resources. These resources include the will to find meaning, our orientation towards goals and purposes, and our freedom to make decisions. In contrast to the dimension of the psyche where we are driven, in the dimension of the human spirit we are the drivers; we make the decisions as to what to do with our lives, even in the face of limitations of soma (body), psyche, environment, and up-bringing. Resources of the human spirit also include the capacity to love beyond the physical, to listen to one’s conscience beyond the influence of the superego (societies norms and values), to use our creative abilities, our imagination, our ideas, to strive for ideals, to learn from the past, and to project into the future. Two special resources of the human spirit are self-transcendence and self-distancing. Self-transcendence is the human capacity to reach beyond one’s limited personal interests toward other people, and toward causes that we wish to make our own. Self-distancing is the human capacity to step away from one’s self and look at one’s self from the outside, possibly with a sense of humour. Sense of humour is another attribute of the human spirit.
2.A second assumption is that life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable. This “ultimate meaning,” as Frankl calls it, is perhaps the most difficult assumption to grasp in logical argument, but on the other hand, it is reality, which every person experiences- even though perhaps only vaguely and in fleeting moments of what Abraham Maslow called “peak experiences”. Ultimate meaning manifests itself in a basic sense of belonging and interweaving in the tapestry of life, as against the feeling of isolation and alienation. It presupposes a world in which earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and human suffering, guilt and death are not denials of, but rather an evidence of order. Ultimate meaning exists in a superhuman dimension which religious people call the divine dimension but which others may see as life or nature or evolution, or science or harmony or the ecosystem. Frankl saw the superhuman dimension; not external to, but inclusive of; the human dimension and even going beyond it, as a cube includes but goes beyond its basic square. Ultimate meaning, to Frankl, is a reality that we experience, especially in moments of deep despair and glorious bliss. It represents an order in a world with laws that go beyond human laws and that we can disregard only at a peril to our health and sanity.
3.A third assumption is our will to find meaning. It is seen as our main motivation for living and for acting, and it goes deeper than our will to achieve pleasure or power. When we see meaning in our life, we are ready to endure any suffering. On the other hand, if we see no meaning, even a life of material well-being will seem empty and futile. It makes people aware that they possess the will to find meaning and motivates them to use that will.
4.A fourth assumption of Franklian Psychology is that we have the freedom, under all circumstances to activate our will to find meaning. Obviously, we do not always have the freedom to change a seemingly meaningless situation into a meaningful one, but we always have the freedom to change our attitude in the face of an unavoidable fate- to find meaningful attitudes towards a situation which itself seems meaningless and unchangeable. We do not always have freedom from limitation, but we do have freedom to take a stand towards unchangeable situations. It bases our freedom to find meaning under all conditions on its first assumption-that as spiritual being we can take a stand even against all limitations of body, psyche and circumstances. These four assumptions were tested by Frankl when he was send to the concentration camps for several years, especially the assumption that a person has freedom to see a meaning even in the most meaningless situation, even when surrounded by guards and barbed wire.
5.A fifth assumption is that, although we have freedom to act and make decisions within the dimensions of our spirit, there is a demand quality in life to which we have to respond if our decisions are to be meaningful. Here, Frankl introduced a second kind of meaning that is more practical in daily living than the assumption of ultimate meaning. This second kind is the “meaning of the moment”. It is Frankl’s assumption that we go through a series of situations in our lives and each situation, each moment, offers us a specific meaning potential. To respond to the meaning of the moment is to be responsible in the literal sense of the word: able to respond.
The assumption that we have to respond to a demand, which again can be seen in both religious or nonreligious terms, seems to limit our freedom to make decisions. But it is a self-imposed limitation, not one placed on us by outside forces, inner drives, or behaviour patterns. It still represents freedom to choose to react, freedom to movement and meaning fulfilment.
6. A sixth assumption is the uniqueness of the individual. One’s sense of meaning is enhanced by the awareness that, even in small ways, we are irreplaceable. Our spiritual dimension is not only our healthy self, but also our healthy self. To help individuals become aware of their authentic selves (behind all the masks they may try to please others and avoid being hurt) is to help them find meaning. Exercise: Here we have an exercise which can help you get in touch with your noetic dimension. Please take your time and answer each question and/or write them down on an extra piece of paper.
1.If your life had been designed in advance so that you would learn something from it, what would be the lesson you were supposed to have learned? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2.As you look back on your life, what were the moments when you were most yourself? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3.What is a goal you would like to accomplish in one month? In six months? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4.What is a fear you’d like to be free of? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5.How do you find courage? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6.What challenge do you have before you right now? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7.If you were asked by a child you love to tell you the most important thing you have learned in life, what would it be? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8.What is something you’d like to celebrate? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9.What is a dream you’d like to have come true someday? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10.What is life asking of you at this time, even in all your suffering (if this is applicable to your situation)? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11.When do you feel most renewed? ....................................................................................................................................................... To summarize the assumptions stated before the exercise, according to Frankl each human being is a unique entity of soma, psyche and noose, going through a series of unique situations, longing to find meaning and free to find it in every moment, in response to demands of life and special circumstances. If any of these assumptions is denied, repressed, thwarted or ignored, the result is the existential vacuum, a feeling of inner emptiness. Life seems boring, not worth living, full of doubt and even despair. There are several attitudes that may be responsible for the phenomenon of the existential vacuum. One such attitude is a denial of meaning-nihilism. With this attitude, there is no point in seeking meaning because there is none. Another negative attitude is denial of the will to find meaning, known as reductionism. According to reductionism, there is no point in seeking meaning because a person does not have the means to find it. From this point of view, people are nothing but animals that can be trained or machines that can be manipulated. The third attitude to be fought against is denial of our freedom to find meaning, called pan determinism. With this frame of mind, there is no point in seeking meaning because people are completely determined-by their past, their genes, their psychological forces and their environment. Such negative attitudes may lead to an existential frustration.
An existential vacuum by itself is no sickness, nor proof that a sickness is imminent. Individuals might think, for example, that they are approaching some difficult emotional problems, but the existential vacuum is merely proof that they are human beings and, as such, are concerned with finding meaning, bored they have not found it, doubtful that they will ever find it, or in despair that they cannot find it or have lost it.
If we see human beings as a totality of soma, psyche and spirit we will refuse to reduce tension at any prize and we will refuse to strive to achieve homeostasis (equilibrium). In the dimension of soma and psyche, tension is to be controlled and possibly eliminated. In the dimension of the spirit, however, the goal is not to achieve equilibrium and avoid tension, but rather the opposite. In the dimension of the spirit, there exists a healthy tension which can be used; a tension between what the person is and has the vision of becoming, between what an individual does and intends to do. In the dimension of the noose, the aim is not equilibrium, but dynamic growth and development. If we find new goals and purposes, they can carry us through our problems, to find new and positive attitudes in negative situations, and to rise above suffering rather than to wallow in it.
The defiant power of the human spirit Another important point Frankl made was when he spoke of the “defiant power of the human spirit,” the exclusively human capacity to take a stand against one’s unavoidable fate. By saying that “you don’t have to take every nonsense from yourself, “Frankl reminded people that in the area of the spirit, they are free to rise above the limitations of the soma and psyche, and that they have the choice of being defeated by circumstances or to triumph over them. Helen Keller, Franklin Roosevelt, and Fedor Dostoveski are among many examples of how people who have experienced blindness, lameness, and epilepsy can achieve a meaningful life and serve as role models for others. We have to remember that the spirit can never be in the grave, only some of the instruments of the spirit. The spirit cannot die. Spirit is not confined to time. Spirit is not derived from matter. The instrumental relationship between spirit and organism is seen in how the body and mind are instruments of the spirit. In an analogy, Prof Frankl was fond of using how a violin is an instrument of a musician. If the violin is partially broken, then before it is repaired, the fuller, more beautiful expression of the musician’s spirit cannot be heard. The better the condition of the violin, the better the melodies that can come out of it. We have responsibility to keep our “violin”, that is, our body (soma) and our mind (psyche) in as good condition as possible so that our true spirit can be expressed in as beautiful a way as can be. We should remember the violin does not create the music. The spirit of the musician creates the music; the violin is an instrument of the spirit of the musician; just as our body and mind are instruments of our spirit.
The will to find meaning Meaning has been described above as a theoretical concept, the Ultimate Meaning as a cosmic order in which we are embedded, and the Meaning of the Moment as what we can practically do on a day to day basis. Both pose a demand on us to which we have to respond. We have to respond to Ultimate Meaning to which also the laws in Creation belong because, as human beings, we are aware of this order and have the unique capacity to tune in on connections that are hidden from other life forms. We have to respond to the Meanings of the Moment because we are unique individuals who are aware of the meaning opportunities which each moment offers to us. It is not we, who can make demands on life, but rather we have to respond to the demands of life, that each moment makes on us.
If we want to find meaning in our lives Frankl listed three main areas in which we can find meaning: activities, experiences and attitudes. We can find meaning by our activities, what we give to life through what we do; in our work, our hobbies and our creative activities. Secondly we can find meaning through our experiences, what we get out of life; from nature, art, and human relationships. These two sources of meaning are almost self-evident. There is another source of meaning. In situations where we cannot find meaning through activities or experiences, we can still find it through the attitudes we take toward our fate. (Frankl defined fate as that which is beyond our control). In the concentration camps, Frankl confirmed this theory that a change of attitude can lead to meaning. Those inmates who asked themselves, “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?” ended up in despair because there was no answer to these questions. But those inmates who asked, instead. “What can I do now, even in this meaningless situation?” found answers and hope. They responded to the question life asked them and found their answers: I can show my fellow sufferer how to triumph over unavoidable suffering because I have a purpose that pulls me forward; to survive for the sake of someone who needs me, or for the sake of a task that awaits me, or simply because I am a human being who can be an example to others.
Please do now following exercise: Perhaps you feel like a prisoner in some area of your life. Ask yourself following questions and write your answers down.
1.What is your problem? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2.Where is your area of freedom? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3.List your choices within your area of freedom? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4.Which of the choices is the most meaningful to you? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5.What is your first step in the direction you have chosen? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The meaning of the moment is in normal everyday life very obvious and not very spectacular: to get up in the morning, to drive safely on the freeway, or to hug a crying child. Some moments present a conflict: to work late or be with one’s spouse or partner, to go to church or to a workshop on Sunday morning or to get some extra rest? Then, there are moments of spectacular decision making: to get married (or divorced), start a family, change careers, and retire. If we were to go through life asking ourselves every moment what its meaning is, we would hardly have time for living. But fortunately, we have help. Although we, ourselves, have never been in exactly the situation and have established what the meaningful response is to an ordinary situation. They have established “universal meanings”, that is, universally accepted meaning responses to ordinary situations. Frankl calls these meanings “values.” In most life situations, we follow the values of our society, as represented in religious commandments, customs and laws. Following the values of our society saves us decision-making from moment to moment but requires a price. Because values are universal meanings, they can overlap. They are not our response to this particular moment, but a universally accepted response to generally similar moments. They can pull us in different directions: are we to follow the values of our parents or our peers (in case they contradict each other), the values of our spouse or our church or club? Such conflicts of values are not merely disagreeable; they may lead to neuroses with a variety of symptoms. How do we find the meaning of the moment in situations of value conflicts? Here we have no other recourse but fall back to the voice of our conscience. One’s conscience is viewed as more than the superego as defined by Freud! The influence of parents, society, and other “parent figures” are strong but not all-determining. We have our own conscience which is part of the inner resources of our human spirit, or our specifically human dimension. Frankl referred to the inner voice also often as to our inner compass which will always lead us to our true north.
Thus we are not spared individual decision-making. To find the Meaning of the Moment, we have to follow our conscience, or we follow the general guidelines of values. If we take the easy way out and follow the values, we risk value conflicts, and we still have to decide which values we give the higher priority. In either case, the choice is ours, and the responsibleness (Frankls expression for our ability to respond) is ours. Please do following exercise now:
Ask yourself following questions and write down the answers:
What “whispers of ultimate meanings” or “spiritual voice” have you perceived in your life?
If you perceived any, how have you responded to the nudging of your “intuitive conscience”?
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The spirit is the essence of our humanness and our healthy core. The contents of spirit include the will to find meaning, the goal orientation, love, self-transcendence, conscience, ideas and ideals. Here lies our essence, what we are. What we have can be taken away from us; material things, power, prestige, even friends. But what we are is ours, even in concentration camps. It is important to know that what we are, our spirit cannot become sick. It can be disturbed and hidden by sickness, and medication or traditional psychotherapy or alternative therapies may be needed in order to unblock the resources or instruments of the human spirit and make them available to us and it is Logotherapies belief that it is always worth to try to penetrate to this healthy core and so that individuals become aware of their resources. According to Logotherapy, human spirit is not a substance, it is pure dynamic (Dynamic movement). We have a body (soma) and a mind (psyche), but we are spirit. We are spiritual beings. The spirit is what we are as a person. In the words of Elisabeth Lukas, PHD, prominent protégée of Viktor Frankl, “If you are interested in something, your spirit moves toward your interest.” For example, if your spirit believes in God, you draw closer to God. Dr Lukas illustrates that, even in therapy, coaching, counselling, one can only be effective if the spirit of the practitioner draws closer to the spirit of the client. It should be realized that spirit goes beyond space and time. Spirit is not in the matter, but in being. If we look here into the area of relationships, Dr Lukas said about spiritual love, “True love, for example, means the spirit of two persons “touch” in closeness. In such productive closeness, the love of one spirit brings out the best in the other. Continuing with Dr. Lukas illustration, the spirit allows us to see with the heart as well as with the eyes. Love helps us to see a person twice, once in reality, and once in potentiality, that is, how the person could be meant or intended by God. Love is not simply a feeling or an intellectual response. It involves also the wisdom of the heart. “Love means that someone steps up to us, selecting us from the six billion people on earth, and says, “You, and no one else.”
I want to share with you here an experience from my practice. I remember a client who did not have a clue what to do with his life. Professionally he was torn between different directions, having studied for a few years, but nothing really seemed to interest him truly or give him a sense of meaning. We were in our fifth session and despite my efforts and trying out all kinds of different approaches nothing seemed to really touch his heart. Then he started to talk to me about his girlfriend. How happy he was and how good he felt with her and I asked him how it was if he would use the love he obviously felt for her to help him guide his further path and we explored this in the session together. He allowed the intuitive perceptions of love come into the forefront to see his life through this lens and to help him find a goal and a direction in his life and suddenly all was clear to him, what was right, what was suited, what he truly wanted in the depth of his heart. What was confusing before all of a sudden was crystal clear. It was the last session and a breakthrough for him. True genuine love is actually the greatest blessing and helper we could possibly have in our life. I do believe if we allow the love to come into the forefront and guide us, we cannot go wrong as long it is genuine love and not just infatuation, lust, egotism or illusion.
We find in the Grail Message, by Abd- ru- shin, a guideline in regards to Love and I would like to add here part of this lecture. (Lecture 22. Man and his Free Will….Please note this is only an extract from the lecture and we recommend reading the whole lecture in order to make complete sense of the words.) “ ….But if man fails to make use of these periods to cast off his karma and thereby regain his free will, and should he have further entangled himself or perhaps even sunk deeply, in spite of this a powerful ally is offered to help him fight of his karma and ascend. It is the greatest conqueror existing, able to overcome everything! The wisdom of the Creator has ordained that the times mentioned above are not the only ones in the World of Matter in which mankind may find the possibility of quick help, in which he is able to discover himself and his true worth, and in which he even receives an exceptionally strong impetus to draw his attention to it. This magic power which every person during his whole life on earth has at his disposal in constant readiness to help, which also originates from the same union of generative power with the spiritual power, and which can liberate from all karma, is the love. Not the demanding love of the material world, but the high pure love which only knows and wishes the welfare of the beloved one, and which never thinks of itself. This love also belongs to material Creation, and it demands no renunciation, no asceticism, but only wishes what is best for the other. It fears for him, suffers with him, but also shares in his joy. The basis of this love is similar to the intuitive longing for the ideal which unsullied youth has when its generative power sets in. But it also spurs on the responsible, i.e. the mature human being to the full power of all his abilities, even to heroism, so that the creative and competitive powers are exerted to their utmost extent. In this no limits is set as to age! As soon as a human being opens his heart to pure love, whether it be a man’s love for a woman or vice versa, or the love for friends, parents or children, it is all the same! If only it is pure it will bring as its first gift the opportunity to cast off all karma, which will then only be redeemed “symbolically”, so that the free and conscious will, which can only strive upwards, may blossom forth. As a natural consequence ascent will then begin, that is, redemption from the unworthy fetters that hold him down. The first intuitive feeling which stirs the heart at the awakening of pure love is thinking oneself unworthy of the beloved one. This can be described in other words as the dawn of modesty and humility, thus the acquisition of two great virtues. With this comes the desire to protect the other so that no possible harm could come to him from any direction and so that his way should lead over flowery, sunny paths. This desire “to wait hand and foot upon a person” is no empty saying, but quite rightly marks the rising intuitive perception. Inherent in this is the surrendering of one’s personality, a strong desire to serve, which alone could suffice to cast off all karma in a short time, provided the volition remains uppermost and does not give way to mere sensual instincts. Finally, with pure love comes the ardent desire to do something really great and noble for the beloved one, not to offend or hurt him by look, thought or word, much less by an unworthy action. The most delicate consideration is engendered. The important thing is to hold fast to these pure intuitive perceptions and to place them above all else! Then no one will desire or do anything wrong. He will simply be unable to do so! On the contrary, through this he will enjoy the best protection, the greatest power and the most benign helper and adviser. That is why Christ refers again and again to the supreme power of love! Love alone can overcome and accomplish all things, always provided, however, that it is not the earthly love, which harbors jealousy and kindred evils. With this the Creator in His Wisdom has thrown a lifebuoy into Creation, with which every individual comes more than once into contact during his life on earth, so that he may grasp it and swing himself upwards. This help is there for all! No distinctions are made, either in age or sex, between rich or poor, high or low! Therefore love is the greatest of God’s gifts! He who grasps this can be certain of salvation from every tribulation, and however deep he may have fallen. He frees himself and thus quickly and easily regains an undimmed free will, which leads him upwards. And even if he had fallen to such depth as to make him despair, love is able to sweep him upward with the impetuosity of a whirlwind to the Light, to God. Who Himself is Love! As soon as pure love stirs within a man, no matter what has caused it, he obtains the most direct connection with God, the Primordial Source of all Love, and thus the strongest help. But should a man possess all things and have no love, he would be but “sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal”- without warmth, without life….nothing! However, if he does find true love for some fellow being, a love striving only to bring light and joy to the beloved one, and not to drag him down through senseless desires, but a love that protects and uplifts him, then he serves the other without being aware that he is doing so. Through this he becomes more of an unselfish giver and this serving sets him free. Many will say to themselves:” That is exactly what I do or, at least what I am already striving to do! Using all the means in my power I try to make life on earth easy for my wife or family, offering them pleasures while I exert myself to obtain sufficient resources to enable them to lead a comfortable and agreeable life, free from all care!” Thousands will give themselves airs, feeling uplifted and imagining they are undeniably good and noble. But they err! That is not the living, vital love! Such living love is not so one-sidedly material, but simultaneously urges much more strongly towards that which is high, noble and ideal. Certainly no one may venture to forget earthly necessities with impunity, i.e. without detriment to himself! He should not disregard them, but at the same time they must not become the principle aim of his thoughts and actions. Hovering above all this, great and strong, is the desire, so mysterious to many, to be able actually to attain to what they are considered to be in the eyes of those who love them. With this desire they are on the right path, which will only lead upwards! Genuine pure love needs no further explanations! Every man feels exactly what it is! Man often tries to deceive himself about it on seeing his mistakes and realizing how far away he really is from loving truly and purely. But he must then pull himself together, he may not hesitate or stop and finally give up, for without genuine love there can no longer be any free will for him. (..Please note that the lecture in the book The Grail Message, In the Light of Truth, goes on. www.grailmessage.com.au )
Living our purpose requires action Lots of people actually spent far more time talking about what they want to do, or what they perceive as their life purpose than actually practicing and doing it! You can forever talk about your personal purpose in life, but the proof is in the pudding: you need to do it. Course corrections are fine, but you must be underway! Once insight is achieved, there is no substitute for action. The process is not one that you put on the shelf or save for a rainy day, but is one of continuous insight and action based on those insights. Sooner or later you have to commit to your love- your spiritual voice- your conscience, your insight, or you remain ineffective and empty. Commitment begins with a working definition of your purpose, however raw or fuzzy. Redefine and refine your purpose as you go along. Your inner wisdom will guide you to make the appropriate changes. Here is the good news: revisions in your discovery process automatically give you new directions and solutions for the next step, and they reaffirm that mission is not a final destination but a journey. Let’s have a short overview again in which areas according to Logotherapy we can find meaning in our lives. If you search for meaning in your current life, Meaning can be found under all circumstances, but it is useful to focus on five areas where you may discover the meaning of the moment. These areas are self-discovery, choice, uniqueness, responsibility and self-transcendence.
Self-discovery: Every time we discover a truth about ourselves, meaning shines forth. We have an “Ah hah!” experience. We get a glimpse of the authentic self beneath all the shells and masks which we have put on for self-protection, not only against who we are, but also against who we can still become. When we respond to the meaning of the moment as an authentic self, the meaning too, will be authentic. Choice: Whenever we feel trapped, without a choice, life seems meaningless. To list our choices, even the less practical and the ridiculous, helps to discover the meaning of the moment. And we must remind ourselves that our choices include changes of attitude in situations which themselves cannot be changed. Uniqueness: Whenever we feel that we are replaceable; by someone else, or worse by a machine; life will seem meaningless. We have to find areas where we are irreplaceable, even though on a small scale. The two areas where our uniqueness is most likely to be seen are human relationships and creativity. Only you can relate to a friend, a child, a parent the way you do and only you can make this particular sculpture, or poem. The relationship may not be ideal, the painting no masterpiece, but it is exclusively yours. Responsibility: To respond to the meaning offerings of the moment is to act in response. Frankl distinguished two kinds of responses: one follows outer guidelines; those of parents, society and custom. Frankl called these “responsibility.” The other follows our own inner guidelines, our conscience. Frankl called these “responsibleness”. A meaningful response will follow our inner guidelines, but it must be remembered that in ordinary situations, the inner guidelines usually coincide with the values of society. To do one’s duty is as meaningful as to follow one’s own commitments, if we accept the duty as a meaningful response to a situation. Meaning is not automatically found by rejecting all outside authority, but some responsibility is needed. Freedom without responsibility does not result in meaning, but in chaos. Self-transcendence. The fifth aspect, which is also the most fruitful area where meaning can be found, is self-transcendence, the human capacity to reach beyond ourselves to other people to love and other causes to make our own. It is not a call to become unselfish as such, but to include others in our own interests. By doing things for others, people help themselves even more. It is also important to remember that we often can help others in areas where we ourselves feel defeated: only an alcoholic can help other alcoholics by his example; a divorcee can help other divorcees; a person in a wheel chair can help others in similar circumstances.
Now we come to an exercise which will help you find life goals as well as help you to look at your past and current life with a different perspective. The exercise is well worth the effort. You will gain a fresh way of viewing the degree of meaning in your life up to the present moment and have the opportunity to meaningful goal setting in the frame of self-distancing which will provide you with less resistance. This exercise will provide you with an experience, not an explanation. Please take your time with it and read the directions carefully. The directions are as follows: You will get the most from this experience if you approach it in a light-hearted way expecting to have some fun with it. It takes considerable amount of imagination. We will begin by imagining that this room is a very large room and in it are you and all your family and friends who have known you from birth to now. There’s also another person present whom you do not know. These particular friends and your family members are those who have helped you to become what you are now. Most of them have probably made many positive contributions. There may be some in the group who have influenced you in not-so-positive ways. The person whom you do not know comes up to you and says, “I am a movie producer from Hollywood. A group of us have decided that we should make a film of your life from birth to now. We believe it will be a block-buster!” Now, because the film ends at the present you will not have any creative control of the film. The action is already completed. Then the producer makes a short speech to your family, friends and others: “I want you to go out and help us shoot a film about…………….’s life up to this point. I will provide you with a director and camera crew and anything else you need. As the person in………’s life closest to her or him, we will ask you to re-create those events in her or his life that were most meaningful. This might include times at home, at school, at work, times of joy, celebration, and suffering. Then when you finish with the filming, bring all the film back and we will have a crew who will work with you on post-production and do the editing. But now I will need to ask some questions before you go out. “ You will need to write now down some information on a piece of paper:
Will this be a low budget, medium budget, or high budget film that is made of your life from birth to now? Some thoughts to help you get an answer to this question might be: How much money has been available to you up to this point? How important has money been to you up to this point? Think through these kind of questions and come to a decision concerning the budget.
Who do you think your family, friends, and others will choose to be the actor or actress to play this role? Assume that all current or past actors and actresses are available. Remember you are making this choice through the eyes of your family and friends rather than your own. They will want to choose a person who might best represent you.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Please now jot down what you think will come up in the movie. Which meaningful experiences will your family and friends include in the movie? Just jot this down in short sentences. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Having resolved all these issues, the group goes out to shoot the film. They finish the shooting, bring back the film, and edit it. There is one task to perform before the film is sent out to the theatres. What will be the title that your family and friends will put on the Marquee? Make up a little movie marquee on your paper with these words on top. NOW SHOWING. Then print in the title of the film. Try to have some fun with it. Put some zing into it, although keeping it somewhat descriptive of your life as your friends and relatives have viewed it from birth to now. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Your Life in Preview-Part II You are now back in this room. However, there are only two people present: you and the producer. The producer is jubilant, “The film on your life from birth to now was a box office smash hit! It grossed $100,000,000,00 the first weekend. You know what that means: we need a sequel. This next film will be of your life from now on. You will notice that there is no one else around but the two of you. Since this will all be in the future, you now have some creative control. Obviously you do not have complete creative control because there will be some serendipity, as well as some tragedies in your life which you will not write in. But for the most part, you will write your script and direct it. Since your first movie was a hit, you will not have to worry about money for the budget, but you will still have to make several choices. First, take some time and write a brief outline of your script. Put into the script those events and relationships that will be most meaningful as you look at your life from now on. Take some time now to jot down some notes or an outline of your future (The things that will appear in the movie). ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Before you go out, you also will need to respond to the same questions as were given above:
Will the budget of the movie be low, medium, or high?
Select the actor or actress from any who are now living or have ever lived to play your role.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… After you have gone out and shot your film, have come back, edited the film, and have given a name to place on the marquee, make a marquee on paper and at the top, print COMING ATTRACTION, and below it put the title of your movie. Again it should be somewhat descriptive and it should be inviting. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. This movie experience can help you live out” the categorical imperative of Logotherapy, which is: “ Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.” Viktor Frankl goes on to say that it seemed to him “that there is nothing which stimulate a man’s sense of responsibleness more than this maxim, that invites him to imagine first that the present is past and, second, that the past may yet be changed and amended”. After an accident or severe illness, people look at their life differently. They now have a second chance. Life is a gift. It is up to us to decide what to do with this gift.
The Fast-Forward Experience-Part III The experience you are about to have now is a thought provoking experience designed to surface meaningful goals that hitherto have been latent. This experience uses the time dimension as a means of self-distancing. Here are the directions: You are invited to participate in the Fast-Forward Experience. This particular experience will be helpful to you because you can surface some meaningful goals that may have been eluding you in your thinking. As in most experiences of this kind, you will need to use considerable imagination. Imagine that your life is like a compact disk that you can fast-forward to a future time and then when you are ready, you can reverse it again back to the present. First, you will need to pick the age at which you think you will die. This is not a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s just a guess. One person who used this method said, “ The way I came to my age of 88 as an expected time of death was that my father lived to be about 90 and my mother about 86, so I just averaged the two ages. However, if their ages had been 46 and 50, I would have used a different method!” Whatever method you use, just pull an age out of the air whether it is two or three digits. Now do a fast-forward of your life, knowing that you can reverse whenever you want to. Fast-forward until that last year of your life, in fact to the last day. Your mind is clear, and you turn and look back at your life. As you do a life review, I’m asking that you respond to the questions, “What will I need to have done or been in order to feel fulfilled on the last day of my life?” Take a pen or pencil in hand and begin to write your answers to this question. Remember that most writers are not inspired before they write. Rather, they write and then they are inspired. Feel free to spend some time thinking before you begin, but as soon as you have one idea start writing and you will probably be surprised at the way the rest of the ideas will flow through your pen. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Having looked back on your life from the end of life, “What will you need to have done or been in order to feel fulfilled on that last day?” You may have completed your writing on the subject, or will probably write some more at a later time. Now I would like you to scan the material that you have written? As you do this, please underline or circle or mark in some way one or two things that seem important to you, that loom off the page. Mention, if you are willing, one significant task or relationship that is important to you to do; tell one of your meaningful goals; or describe anything that you wish that is important for you to accomplish. Please jot the most important things here down again: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Well done! If you have read this Blog post and made all the exercises, you will be clearer now what your purpose in life is. Now you can choose one or two projects you wish to start with as soon as possible in order to bring into reality what you have found out.
My next short term goal: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… My next long term project: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Some quotes about meaning and purpose in life: Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor E. Frankl
“It is man’s duty on earth to set himself the highest attainable goal, and to strive for this goal with all the powers at his disposal. But as a human being! This excludes from the beginning that, like an animal, he should merely trouble himself about food and drink as, unfortunately, many men do; or let himself be goaded by the intellect into striving only for worldly greatness or fame without keeping in view as the main purpose the general welfare and advancement of mankind” Abd Ru Shin (In the Light of Truth)
A human being is a deciding being. Viktor E. Frankl
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Viktor E. Frankl
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. Viktor E. Frankl
The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances. Viktor E. Frankl
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
WHEN WE STUDY or read books on natural medicine, we often hear about laws. We learn for example that there are laws of healthy diets, that if we become ill it is because we didn’t respect the laws of health, if we want to be happy we have to follow the laws of life, etc. For anyone who up to that point lived in the belief that illnesses appeared by chance, at random, and that a happy or an unhappy fate was a question of good or bad luck, the existence of laws regulating these occurrences comes as a big surprise and leads to many questions. What is a law? How do they manifest? How can we say that something is ruled by a law or is a law?
THE LAWS OF NATURE WHEN WE OBSERVE the Nature that surrounds us, it is possible for everyone to notice clearly that natural phenomena don’t take place in just any way, in ways which vary from one moment to the next, but, on the contrary, they repeat in a regular way, in an identical and constant manner. The seasons always follow each other in the same order, planets travel in specific orbits, each plant grows in a precise way at specific times of the year, etc. This regularity and immutability show us that these phenomena occur according to precise and specific rules. These rules are what we call laws. When the consequences of the activity of the laws become familiar to us, they become these things which are so logical that, when our attention is brought upon them, we exclaim “but of course, it’s obvious!” It is obvious for example that we would not normally attempt to walk out of a 10th floor apartment via the window if we don’t want to fall and hurt ourselves. It is also obvious that we wouldn’t set a glass down in mid-air beside a table and expect it to stay put as it would on the table. And it is absolutely clear that when we sow wheat we will not reap apples. These facts are so obvious that we don’t reflect anymore on why they are so. They are so because there exists a natural order of things, laws which are strict, predetermined and immutable, according to which all phenomena take place.
HOWEVER, THERE IS a great difference between the Laws of Nature and laws which are laid down by man to govern the relations between the citizens in society. Human laws are often modified and even repealed, only to be replaced by new laws, while the Laws of Nature always stay the same and never undergo any change. In addition, human laws are only the expression of wishes. They describe the guiding principles which, it is hoped, will be followed by everyone in order to promote harmony in social life, but which are not compelling as the Laws of Nature are.
Among human laws for example we have the rules of the road. According to these rules, drivers have to drive on the right side of the road (at least in this part of the world). The aim of this and other driving laws is to avoid collisions. However, to break the law and drive on the left side is entirely possible. In contrast, it is impossible to go against the Law of Gravity for example, a law whose action compels an object to fall through space until it meets a resistance which opposes it with an equal or superior force. The fact that the object falls is not a wish expressed in a law but the description of a reality which is compelling, compulsory and inevitable. Therefore the Laws of Nature express how things are and not how we want them to be. They describe an external reality that we have not chosen, but which imposes itself on us: an unavoidable reality we have to face, on which we are forced to base our lives. Given that these Laws of Nature are descriptions of the way natural phenomena take place, we could therefore identify numerous specific laws, each describing one specific fact or other. And we could despair of knowing them all, if not for the fact that by standing back and trying to look beyond appearances, it is possible to observe that many of these specific laws basically describe the same thing and can be expressed in the form of more general Laws. Therefore the multitude of specific laws can be brought back to a limited number of general Laws, or guiding principles with which everything complies. For example, the fact that a solid object released in mid-air falls, that a rock is too heavy to float in the air, but a cork or a piece of wood placed under water floats back up to the surface are many specific cases governed by a unique general Law, the Law of Gravity.
How do we learn more about the Laws of Nature? If human laws can be studied in books, the Laws of Nature have to be discovered by observing our natural environment. Now let’s see what an observation of the way our body functions will lead us to discover about the laws.
THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT IF WE BROADLY SUMMARIZE, we can say that the functioning of our body is a process which takes place in 3 phases: 1. It receives energy 2. It transforms these energies to make them usable 3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws. In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function, that is air, beverage and food. In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2). For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated. The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness. But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. Although everybody, when hearing the statement of this Law, will agree on its obviousness, in practice, this Law is rarely taken into consideration. And that’s what we want to emphasise. The Laws are not sufficiently known by everybody; they are not respected or used enough. For example:
oo How many digestive problems are treated with different drugs without the patient’s eating habits being considered. This would after all be the most logical thing to do as it is the foods which wear out the digestive glands
oo Nowadays many people take blood thinning remedies because their blood is too thick which leads to heart and circulatory illnesses. To take the Law of Cause and Effect into consideration would imply explaining to patients the causes which lead to their condition so that they may avoid these causes. These causes are well known: overeating, lack of exercise, etc. In practice the Law of Cause and Effect is so seldom taken into consideration that many people finally confuse the cause with the effects, and invert them, that is think that the effects are the causes.
For example: oo When someone has bronchitis, it is often said that the infection is the cause of the presence of all the mucus he expectorates. In fact it is the presence of waste products and mucus which enables the germs to multiply and trigger the infection.
There would be many other things to say about this Law, but let’s observe the functioning of our body from a different angle, in order to discover another general Law.
THE LAW OF MOVEMENT
THE FUNCTIONING OF THE BODY can be compared to the functioning of an energy transformer. Similar to the transformer, the body is a thoroughfare of a flow of energies which penetrate it, traverse it and then leave it. Health is therefore dependent on a good flow of the energies, a flow which has to take place constantly, without interruption.
If the energies don’t enter the body, this latter will not be able to function, because it doesn’t receive the energies it needs. If they don’t traverse it, it will not transform them and make them available for use. And if the “used energies”, i.e. waste products and toxins, are not correctly eliminated, they will accumulate inside the body, in the biological terrain. This is considered in natural medicine as the basic cause of illnesses. The terrain is composed of all the bodily fluids (blood, lymph, cellular fluids) in which the cells are immersed. All this reveals the necessity of an uninterrupted flow of energies through our body and so the importance of movement in general, movement which shows itself as being another great Law of Creation: the Law of Movement. Movement is characteristic of anything that is alive. Indeed, anything that lives moves and anything that wants to stay alive must stay in movement. For example: blood must circulate continuously without slowing down too much and especially without interruption. Otherwise it will coagulate, making a clot which can block a blood vessel and the irrigation of vital organs. Air must constantly flow in the body. A few minutes without air and death occurs. Without constant physical movement, muscles weaken and lose their tone. Numerous therapies are based on this Law without people being aware of it. They have healing qualities only because they restore and support movement and not at all because they produce active curative substances. Hydrotherapy, the application of cold or warm water, on small or large parts of the body, accelerates the blood circulation and the cellular exchanges. So does massage and reflexology. And what does acupuncture do? It regulates energy circulation through the meridians. This Law is again not often enough taken into consideration. People with poor blood circulation in the legs are given remedies instead of being advised to move: walk, go bicycling, climb up the stairs instead of using an elevator, etc., in order to stimulate the circulation of blood in the legs.
THE LAW OF AFFINITY
THERE ARE A FEW other general Laws of Creation, but I want to deal with one more of them only: The Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species (also named the Law of Affinity) whose effect is such that things which are similar attract each other. In a nutshell: like attracts like. It is often possible to observe that a unique treatment can have quite different effects depending on the patient it was given to. Some patients react very well to a given plant, while for others – with the same health problem – it has no effect or even a negative one. The same is true with acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, all of which are very effective with some people but not with others. If there are differences in the effectiveness of the treatment it is because, as is commonly said, we may or may not be “in affinity” with the treatment! For centuries, the importance of this Law has encouraged therapists to find the affinity between the different therapeutic means used (herbs, foods, etc.) and the different kinds of patients. This research lead us to the knowledge of the different temperaments, that is, groups of people having the same physical characteristics who therefore react in a similar way to a similar treatment. There are four temperaments: the sanguine, melancholic, choleric and phlegmatic temperaments. A person of the phlegmatic temperament, for example, which corresponds to the water element, likes calmness and serenity. They are happy to live near water (river, lake, sea), react well to remedies from the sea (seaweed), hydrotherapy and herbs in liquid form (infusions). On the contrary, people from the opposite temperament, the choleric temperament, governed by the element fire, like to be active and can’t bear to be inactive very long or don’t like surroundings which are too calm. These make them feel unwell because they cannot spend and use up all their energy. Sports and physical exercises agree better with them than too much rest. Also, they respond better to sun therapy than water therapy and to herbs in tablet form rather than in those given as infusions. The description of the temperaments is always a bit caricatured and extreme. In reality, they never manifest in a pure way. Each of us is a mixture of the four temperaments, a mixture in which one or two temperaments predominate. The great art in medicine is to find the affinity which exists between the temperament of the sick person and the therapeutic means prescribed. Surprising as it may be, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is also at work when we have an aversion to something – but this can easily be explained. Indeed, according to the Law, if like attracts like, then the opposites (unlike) will repel each other. This is especially noticeable during pregnancy. The mother has strong cravings for certain foods which are good for (in affinity with) her baby, or strong dislikes of food which disagree with it. The immune system functions according to this law: Its role is to distinguish between what belongs to the self and what doesn’t (microbes, cancerous cells, etc.) in order to destroy these latter. The repelling process of what is dissimilar can take place slowly (it can take years for a splinter to come out) – or very quickly (an allergic reaction to pollen can take place in a few seconds). Like the other Laws we have so far described, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is usually not respected either. Illnesses are treated without taking into account the patient’s temperament. As we can see after this presentation of these few Laws, illnesses are the result of having not respected the Laws. And that’s where our responsibility lies. We get ill, not because the Laws are deficient, but because we don’t follow them or live according to them. To know the Laws and to follow them in our daily lives is therefore vital for staying healthy, and that’s why they are ever again mentioned in natural medicine. But knowledge of these Laws is not only useful for staying healthy. These Laws not only govern our physical bodies but, more importantly, also the immaterial part of man, that is, his spirit (soul). This fact is less well known, but is just as important.
The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is not only a religious conception but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul) 2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter 3. The physical body
The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”. Now, the Laws we have been talking about are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this I will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body.
WHAT YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP SOMETIMES, WE FALL ILL, and we know perfectly well what we did to cause this: we overate, didn’t sleep enough, got too worked up about something, etc. Other times, we suddenly fall ill although we have been living in the same way for some time. Therefore we wonder why we got ill. We are quick to think it is arbitrary, bad luck, unfair, but there is a reason. Toxins have accumulated in the terrain, slowly and silently, and suddenly the body couldn’t bear them anymore and fell ill. Now, the same thing happens in everyday life, on the spiritual level. Sometimes, we are confronted with painful situations and problems, but we know perfectly well why they have arisen: our decisions or behaviour led to them very logically. The relation of cause and effect is clear. Other times however, we are confronted with difficult situations but we cannot see what we have done to cause them. These happenings are in opposition to what we would have liked and are even the reverse of what we would have wished. And as we cannot see a cause for them, we qualify them as arbitrary, unfair, or we maintain that “there aren’t any laws” or “there isn’t any justice”. But there is a law in activity. It is the Law of Cause and Effect, also called the Law of Sowing and Reaping. It was taught by Jesus when he said: what you sow you will reap.
What does man’s spirit sow? He sows what he does (his actions), says and thinks. These three manifestations of his will are registered – to make things simple – in his ethereal cloaks, which act as the spirit’s “terrain”. Everything we do is registered in it and accumulates, silently but surely. At some point this bursts into the open in the form of a problem or a situation, which corresponds to what we have sown. But as we don’t remember what caused these situations they are considered exceptional and designated as being our fate. But fate is not arbitrary. Thanks to the Law of Cause and Effect, it is the logical result of what we have sown. Knowing this can change our view of life completely. Just as we don’t fall ill by chance but are responsible of our illnesses through our lifestyles, so our fate – everything that happens to us – is not by chance, we are responsible for it all through what we have thought, said and done. This means that nothing in our lives happens for no reason, there is always a cause. By the decisions we take we are the originators of these causes, therefore we are not victims.
Consequently, there is something to learn in every situation which comes to us, because each is brought by the Laws and not by chance. It is a waste of time to blame other people for our situations, they are not responsible for them, we are. If we are not happy with our lives, we don’t have to submit to them, we can change them and form them as we like.
THE LAW OF SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT
THE SPIRIT IS ALSO subject to this Law. It has to be active to stay awake and develop. It needs movement and usually wants it. Being inactive doesn’t suit it. Deep inside every human being there are wishes for things to do, goals to reach, ideals to fulfil, etc. There is the desire to improve oneself and to develop. Just observe someone who is longing for a vacation which will enable him to do nothing. He dreams of being inactive, being able to just lie around, on the beach, under the sun, for example. But after a few days (hours for others) he becomes dissatisfied, unwell, restless … and longs for something to do! Some people think they are very tired, and have no energy left, but it’s just that they are not in movement. You have certainly seen people who complain of not having any drive, who even feel a bit depressed and despair of their condition. It only takes a piece of good news to see them suddenly full of energy and optimism.
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION OF HOMOGENEOUS SPECIES
AS THE RESULT of the activity of this Law, people with similar qualities or interests are attracted to each other. That’s why society is divided in so many groups of people – associations, clubs, parties, movements … This division into groups is spontaneous, not always the result of conscious decisions. In a package tour for example, when a group of people who do not know each other are together on a vacation, very quickly those who are interested in history will be talking together, those who are interested in sports will stick together, etc. All this means that we can learn much about someone (or ourselves) just by observing who he associates with. As the sayings go “birds of a feather, flock together”, or “tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.”
Yet there is another teaching to be learned with this Law. Some people get very irritated about their neighbour’s faults – for example, lying. They don’t just notice and observe, but react violently against people who lie. They even have a tendency to see liars everywhere. They suspect everybody of lying; get irritated about it, and so on. Why is that? After all, we are all capable of seeing the faults in our neighbours, why is it that some can get so irritated? It’s because they are in affinity with liars. If you observe carefully, you will discover that they themselves are liars. It is the homogenous species which makes it so easy for them to see liars and which makes them react so violently. It is exactly what was taught by Jesus: you see the mote in your brother’s eye and consider not the beam that is in yours. Therefore if we are not sure what is to be improved in ourselves, we just have to observe which of our neighbours’ faults annoy us most. By overcoming these faults in ourselves we will not only become better people, but will also, for example, get rid of the liars that surround us. The reason for this is that when we cease to be liars, the action of the Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species will repel these types of people from us. They will not surround us anymore because we will have stopped attracting them.
Many other things in our lives can be explained (and therefore understood) by the activity of the Laws. It is therefore of the utmost importance to get to know them. Indeed, just as some people get ill repeatedly or get more and more seriously ill because they don’t know the laws of health, other people live an unhappy life becauseof their ignorance of the laws of life, the Spiritual Laws.
ARE ILLNESSES AND FATE PUNISHMENTS?
WHEN A CHILD, who has been told that he can burn himself if he puts his hand in boiling water, nevertheless decides to touch it, he will burn himself. His burn however is absolutely not a punishment for not having obeyed and followed the warnings; it is only a consequence of his action. Similarly, when our body tells us through tiredness, pain, acute illness, etc., that we are not following the laws of health, and we don’t listen to these warnings, we get prone to chronic or degenerative illnesses. These latter are not punishments but simple consequences. These consequences have been triggered by our decisions, and we are therefore responsible for them. As we have free will, we could have decided differently and could have been lead to physical well-being and strong health.
Illnesses are not punishments, nor a lack of love from the Creator; they are the result of our lack of knowledge about the laws of health and lack of wisdom about the necessity of following them. Each complication, each aggravation or recurrence, painful as it may be, is only supplementary proof of our ignorance of the laws. Far from being alarming or frightening, such knowledge is most reassuring, because it means that what happens to us depends neither on the arbitrary decisions of others, nor the whims of a blind fatality, but on ourselves. The situation is totally under our control because, thanks to our free will, we can shape our life as we wish it to be.
What has just been said about illnesses is also true – and for the same reasons – for all the problems and conflicts we have to face in our families, social and professional lives, as well as all our sorrows, afflictions, miseries, ordeals, accidents, setbacks, failures, etc. That is, our fate is wrongly attributed to chance.
What man needs the most to be happy and healthy is knowledge of the Laws of Creation. This knowledge is not restricted to the laws of chemistry and physics, which enabled so much of the technical progress of our times, but must include the big Laws, or big principles, which govern our whole existence as human beings, which govern our thoughts, words and actions. The active and up-building forms of the Laws are like the current of a river. If we swim in the same direction as the current, we are carried by its strength and we make progress without having to make much effort. Two forces are working together: the one from the current and ours. However, if we choose to go counter current, that is, live in an unhealthy way or without respect for our neighbours – which is possible for us to do as we have free will – the current will oppose our movements. We will have to deploy much more energy, only to find ourselves swept back after all by the current.
HOW DOES ONE ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS?
ONE WAY IS THROUGH close observation of all the events, big and small, in Nature and in our surroundings. In so far as we are attentive and try to discover the logic behind the happenings, it is possible for us to discover the Laws which govern them. Personal experience is another way of acquiring this knowledge. Here the aim is to find out how the Laws act on us and our decisions by reflecting on the reasons for the events of our lives, as well as the relationship between present and past happenings, and seeking why some situations curiously repeat themselves in our lives. The better we understand the reasons for the happenings in our lives, the more we become conscious of the activity of the Laws. It is also possible to read books which talk of the Laws of life, such as the work “In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message”. In the following, you can read via the link an excerpt from this work, a chapter about the activity of the Laws and the meaning of fate. * * * I N T H E L I G H T O F T R U T H : T H E G R A I L M E S S AGE Volume 2, Lecture 2 FATE
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The concept of the human aura, or radiation and also the existence of the astral body is thousands of years old, and clairvoyants of all times have been able to see it. (The following blog should just give some insights into it and is not meant as a fully comprehensive explanation. I hope you can use it as an inspiration to search for further answers)
The discovery of the atom , this smallest building stone of the material Creation, makes it easier for us to understand the new, magnificent radiation picture of the cosmos, because every atomic nucleus emits rays. Hence all unions of atoms, be they things of the earth, the human body or the suns, stars and planets, must also have the most manifold of radiations. Scientific research comes ever nearer to the knowledge of the radiations working in the cosmos. Thus the invisible radiation-belt surrounding the earth has been discovered, as it has also been found that our solar world forms a huge electromagnetic force-field that is subject to the Law of Gravity.
As in the largest so in the smallest and the concept we are dealing with here is about the human radiation that is also expressed in the language, when for instance someone says: "His whole being radiates peace and serenity." Everyone can sense/feel the aura of another person, although we are unable to see it with our physical eyes.
The human radiation is communicated to objects which man carries about with him, and to his writings, as well as to photographs, something which is in fact well-known and made use in various fields.
For instance we use photographs during distance healing sessions.
In illness the radiation changes. Mediumistic people are able to recognise in the radiation-wreath that hidden seat of disease which has given rise to the physically visible disease in the first place.
The core of a human being is surrounded by several coverings. His final covering is the physical body. We can picture the various coverings as skins placed one inside another, as in an onion.
In earthman the radiations of the finer coverings, together with the radiations of the physical body, form a combination which results in a colourful wreath of radiations, called by some aura and by others od, the "fluid" that surrounds man. With this radiation wreath he determines the strength of the waves for the vibrations which he absorbs out of the cosmic radiation-system.
The combination of radiations must always be harmonious, so that the inward spirit in man can develop fully in the World of Matter. Healing Magnetism restores the harmonious and orderly connection between the different coverings of a human being. Blockages are removed and energy added where needed.
In the following, two articles might shed even more light to the subject. For this we turn first to the already well known and mostly accepted area of the Meridian system. An ancient knowledge exists about the Meridians connecting the physical with the astral body and which is used in acupuncture as well as Meridian tapping methods like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), an end meridian stimulating technique that is self applied by many individuals and professionals worldwide.
The Astral Body and the meridians of acupuncture
How does the human spirit in the beyond acquire a body of the earth? By incarnating midway through pregnancy into the developing body of a child.
But this is not possible directly, unless through special forces a model, the so-called "astral body", is first shaped of a finer material substance, only after which does the gross material body then form.
Only through the astral body can the soul work on the physical body, but it still also needs the radiation of the blood as the last bridge to full activity on earth.
If gross matter is classified as coarse, medium and fine types, the astral body belongs to the medium.
Some things point to the existence of the astral body. Acupuncture, for example. It is a method in use for thousands of years to diagnose and treat diseases through insertion of fine needles in certain parts of the body.
The key points in acupuncture lie along the so-called meridians, a definite number of which run vertically through the body. This makes it possible to treat pains and diseases from points that lie further away. For instance, heart and circulation disorders can be treated from a point on the left little finger. It is essential that the points lie on meridians which are related to the parts of the body or organs concerned.
The networks of meridians could be imagined as running through the astral body like energy paths, analogous to nerve paths in the physical body. The fixed meridians naturally have a connection with the nerves.
They must be of finer consistency than the physical body, because they are absent in the tissues of the corpse. At physical death, not only the physical body but also the astral body disintegrates with the meridians.
Thus there is no anatomical proof that the meridians exist; we can only imagine that they were at one time detected by persons who could see "deeper", who had mediumistic gifts.
But yet another indication of the existence of the astral body can be given. This body fills out, as it were, the physical body entirely; it corresponds to it in shape, because the earthly body was actually formed on the astral model.
If a limb is severed from the earthly body, the astral body is not affected, and the meridians continue to run through the astral part of the missing member. This indicates that the astral body is less dependent on the physical body than vice versa.
In this connection, the "phantom pains" which are felt where a limb has been amputated have their origin in the astral part. They can be relieved by acupuncture from a distant point in the body.
As the astral body is forming, good and evil radiations, karmaically caused by the human spirit through the exercise of its free will, are connected to it with the help of the stars. Thus the basic disposition or the astral blueprint, which is decisive for the futureearthly existence of the newly- born person, is formed. It corresponds exactly to the state of his soul at the time of his coming to earth, with all the existing threads of fate. This is expressed, among other things, in the person's name, the lines of the palm, the shape of the head, the handwriting, and not least in the birth horoscope as "radiation picture" , in so far as the stars concerned are known. Often threads of fate which cause a physical defect, or the tendency to it, are woven into the astral body. Man cannot escape his fate. In some previous earth-life he put it into the world, or gave it the forms which must then develop automatically through the working of the Laws of Creation, and which he brings with him to earth at birth, just as he takes them over with him again at death, be they old or newly added forms. Hence there can be no question of fatalism in the sense of blind belief in a pre-ordained fate imposed by some power or other. the newly--born has ample opportunity later as an adult to change for good or evil the disposition which he brought along at birth, because the free will remains with him as a property of his spiritual nature. This enables him, through a really good volition, to sever himself from all evil fate (karma). (Herbert Vollmann, A Gate Opens)
Let's look at the subject now also with some of the newest scientific research. Max Planck told us that:
There is no matter in itself!
All matter is created and exists only by a force that sets all particles of an atom into motion and holds them together in the tiniest solar system of the world atom. ..............the rest are powerfields, which are in constant oszillation (vibration) with each other.
If we think for example on the pure matter of that of the Cologne Cathedral, it only fills a thimble. Our body.............only covers the surface of the thimble.
Everything beyond that are structured force fields that stand in constant oscillation.
In light of that, it seems very natural that we promisingly turn towards the underlying and causal principles in medicine, namely the force fields and energetic reciprocal effects. This is also the area of my own work with Therapeutic Magnetism and goes hand in hand with the many levels we are touching upon in this blog. I hope it's not getting too confusing now, but..........
It is already established:
There is no matter as such. The essential material of the Universe is non-material.
Cosmic energy exists in everything and everyone, and is a force that pervades our entire existence.
Matter is a product of this energy.
The magnetic field surrounding or encasing every substance is in interaction with this cosmic energy and absorbs it.
In every cell between 30,000 and 100,000 reactions per second take place.
According to a Dr. Fritz Albert Popp (Biophysicist) a direct chemical reaction with one substance with another cannot happen without field communication.
A magnetic field is necessary to enable a communication and therefore a reaction between cells.
The communication and information transfer between cells happens in the magnetic field through light photons. (Light photons permeate the vegetative nervous system and are then transformed in the body into bio-photons. Biophotons (from the Greek βίος meaning "life" and φῶς meaning "light") are photons of light in the ultraviolet and low visible light range which are produced by a biological system.
When this regulation is disturbed, it does first lead to a malfunction and later to an organ dysfunction! In our Biomagnetic Healing training we also say that:
Magnetic Alignment = Bio photon retention = Energy conservation
No magnetic alignment = Bio photon emission = Loss of energy
Healing Magnetism primarily deals with the ordering of the magnetic fields. It harmonises the energy field of the person. Blockages, which disrupt the natural flow of energy- for example in the acupuncture meridians and also in the aura or in the inner body – can be eliminated. The renewed circulation of energy manifests immediately in a harmonious radiation of the person. So the knowledge about aura, radiation, astral body is vital for us as it is part of being human and we are not only our visible physical body but we carry within us also finer bodies that as a whole makes up our radiation, that in turn is decisive which kind of radiations we do absorb out of the cosmic energy. In turn this leads to effects on our health as how you just read happens the information transfer between cells in our energy field and therefore the order and harmony in our energy field is important for our well-being and is also decisive in our development as a human being..
Most modern people show disturbances in their energy field, foremost between the connection between astral body and the anchor and connecting point between astral and physical body in the solar plexus and from there the connecting bridges first to the back brain and then to the frontal brain. The reason for that is that many of us lost access to that what makes us human (spirit that shows its existence via the intuitive perception that are transmitted via the bridge function of solar plexus - small brain and then frontal brain) and many of us show the tendency to over-cultivate the intellect and to only believe in material things. A lot of people even laugh or scoff if someone mentions that they are more than their physical body. That's the sad picture we are facing nowadays.
Let's look a bit further first with a video about the importance of the solar plexus as a gateway to the spirit, literally the connecting place where the finer body connects to the material body and then we continue with an article that describes the formation and function of the astral body.
Formation and function of the astral body
The soul is connected with the astral body and works through this upon the heavy physical body. Likewise the physical body with the radiation necessary for this can really bind the soul to itself only through the astral body acting as a mediator. The radiations issuing from heavy gross matter, through which the animistic pulsates, must first penetrate the medium gross matter of the astral body, for otherwise they cannot connect with the radiations of the soul, the outermost cloak of which is by then already of finest gross matter.
Let us at present distinguish only between three basic species of gross matter, although there are still various intermediate and side species in addition. For the time being we will only consider the fine, the medium heavy and the heaviest gross material substance. In this sense the physical body also belongs to the heaviest earthly species, and the astral body to the transitional species of medium heavy gross matter, i.e., to that species which lies next to the heaviest.
When an incarnation is to take place this astral body is formed so that it appears as if both occur simultaneously. In reality, however, the fashioning of the astral body precedes the process in heavy gross matter; it must precede it, otherwise the physical body could not be completed and the soul would be unable to do anything with it.
(...) The astral body is connected with the physical body, but is not dependent upon it, as has been assumed in the past.
(...) It is true that after the soul has severed itself from the physical body the astral body decays along with the physical body. But this must not be taken as a proof that it is therefore dependent upon it. This does not even give a justifiable foundation for such an assumption!
In reality the process is different: When it severs itself the soul, being the mobile part, draws the astral body away from the physical body. Figuratively speaking: The soul upon stepping out of and leaving the physical body pulls the astral body out with it. That is how it appears! In reality the soul only pulls it off the physical body, because a fusion has never taken place but only a telescoping, as it is with field glasses which go in and out.
In so doing the soul does not draw this astral body along very far, because the latter is not only anchored with the soul but also with the physical body; and moreover, the soul from which the essential movements issues also wants to sever itself from the astral body and consequently strives away from it too.
Thus after the earthly departure of the soul the astral body always remains near the physical body. The further the soul then moves away the weaker the astral body becomes; and the every increasing severance of the soul finally brings about the decay and decomposition of the astral body, which in turn immediately brings in its train the decay of the physical body, in the same way as it also influenced its formation. This is the normal process in accordance with the Laws of Creation. Naturally special acts of intervention also bring about special conditions and disarrangements, but without being able to eliminate the lawfulness.
Extract from the Grail Message, Volume 3, Lecture 26
The understanding and knowledge about the existence of our finer bodies, the meridian system, astral body and how it connects to our inward spiritual self, that incarnated into a physical body for the purpose of development through experiencing on earth, is vital for us. We have to aspire to free the connecting bridges in our own system between brain - solar plexus- astral body- soul and spirit again. Only a proper connection between all levels of a human being helps us to develop our truly human qualities and this can only happen through our own personal spiritual awakening. This will also have a positive effect on physical health.
Nowadays we find in many circles an over-focus on only material things that lacks the necessary balance. When we re-focus on our inert human qualities there might come a time when human virtues like faithfulness, truthfulness, grace, modesty, diligence, heroism, courage, skill, fulfilment of duty, wisdom, humility or compassion and so on come into the limelight and into importance. Nowadays there seems to be not much place for that. For example we would instead of being informed about some new make up style, clothes or look of some tv star or celebrity be informed about someone who exhibited inner human virtues that had an up building affect on their surrounding. That would be a totally different situation than what we face today, also children and teenagers would find some worthwhile role models again if they would see that these virtues are what are gaining respect and fame.
Virtues belong to the abilities of our spirit which are the "talents" entrusted to us and which it is "to make the most of it", that is to say, it is to make use of our abilities to that they will bring blessing. (interest). But no one is equipped with ready made virtues, but us ourselves must see that they are awaken and blossom. For this again we need the corresponding radiations from the Universe, which help us to do so. Just as with a noble stringed instrument it is left to the player which notes to strike, so the spirit of man is able in each case to call forth special vibrations which, borne by true longing, move out into the Universe. There they make contact with a similar vibration, which works in strengthening and stimulating, invigorating and happy-making way, and gradually, according to the prototype of the heavenly virtue, allows the same human prototype to arise on earth. How beautiful could our earth be if each of us would strive to develop our spiritual entrusted talents (virtues) again.
Additional insights that complement this Blog post. What is the difference between the voice of our spirit and the intellect? How does spirit reveal itself in matter?
Intuition and Intellect
To understand how the spirit uses the brain to reveal itself in matter, it is essential to be conscious of the fact that because of their difference in kind, the spirit and the brain also possess different faculties.
The capabilities of a tool are indeed always dependent on its particular characteristics; that is why we must distinguish what emanates from the spirit, which is non-material in nature: the intuition, from what emanates from the material brain: the intellect. The intuition is an immediate experiencing of things, one that is not the fruit of reasoning. The intuitive faculties enable us immediately to feel inwardly what is actually happening or in process, the solution to a problem or how to act for the best in a given situation. This feeling bursts forth spontaneously from the depths of our being, for intuitive knowledge is not a foreign element in us, not something on which we must work in order to obtain something. It is an integral part of our capacity as spirit-beings.
The knowledge of the intellect, on the other hand, is not spontaneous but produced. It is not an integral part of us, but is stored up in us. It necessitates learning the fundamentals, thus their classification and memorisation and, for these to be made readily accessible, reflection, analysis and deduction on the part of the brain. Self-observation can easily show up the difference that exists between these two faculties. Sometimes, we intuitively feel the answer to a question, or the solution to a problem. The answer or solution impresses itself on us as an obvious fact, even though we cannot explain how it came to us or why we consider it to be right. On the other hand, the solution to a problem costs us mental exertion when obtained from reflection and analysis. It is only after having dissected the situation, examined each part of the problem in detail and reflected on each of its aspects that, by deduction, it becomes possible for us to find a solution. This solution, being the fruit of reasoning, can then be explained logically and precisely.
The same goes for the knowledge that we can have of someone’s character and real worth. When the intuition is active, the few moments of even a brief meeting are sufficient to give us a perfect assessment of the nature of the person we are dealing with. Against this first, quick and often inexplicable impression, one must contrast the pondering of the intellect. The latter, after many detours, arrives at often uncertain conclusions, later usually disproved. The accuracy of the first impression is thus confirmed, the first impression which the popular adage describes as “always right”. At first sight, the intuitive faculty and the intellectual faculty would appear to be irreconcilable, because their characteristics are the opposite of each other. In reality, though, they are complementary, and it is only thanks to their combined actions that they permit the human being incarnated on earth to achieve the greatest and most beautiful things it is capable of. Indeed, thanks to his intuitive faculty the human being is apt to take decisions conforming to the high spiritual values which he has within him, that is, just, principled, constructive decisions. He thus gives a correct orientation to his goals and projects.
However, owing to its non-material nature the spirit is not in a position to find out how to carry out its projects in matter. What is material is indeed of a different species from it and, consequently, of a species which it does not understand, on which it has no grasp. The material species is, on the other hand, compatible with the brain and its product - the intellect. The latter is therefore not only able, but is also the more competent, to understand and to act on what is material. Thanks to its faculty of analysis and reflection, as well as all the elements that it has assembled from observation, the intellect can find the best way to proceed in order to execute the decisions and projects of the spirit in the dense matter of the earthly plane.
The sequence of events is thus as follows: the spirit, with the help of its intuitive faculty, takes a decision. This decision is transmitted to the cerebellum (back-brain), then to the cerebrum (frontal brain). The latter works on it, in order to “realise” or make it manifest materially; which happens through the movement of one or other parts of the body. Having said this, and before looking in more detail at the differences between intuition and intellect, let us see with the help of the knowledge provided in the Grail Message, the surprising path that the intuition takes in being transmitted from the spirit to the brain. In a chapter dealing with the intuition (Volume 2, Lecture 70), we read: “The activity of the human spirit awakens intuitive perception within the solar plexus, thereby simultaneously making an impression upon the cerebellum. It is the effect of the spirit, that is, a wave of power issuing from the spirit. Man naturally perceives this wave in that spot where the spirit within the soul is connected with the body – in the centre of the so-called solar plexus, which passes on the wave to the cerebellum where it creates an impression.”
The solar plexus
The gateway for the intuition, the point where the spirit is linked with the body, is thus the solar plexus! This is an unusual item of information which, despite its unusualness, does not contradict current knowledge of the solar plexus and the nervous system.
A plexus is where a set of nerves join to form a sort of little power station and where they communicate between themselves, whereas normally each nerve is separate from the others and works in isolation. The solar plexus is situated at the pit of the stomach. In it join the nerves which connect the liver, the pancreas, the kidneys, the stomach and the intestines. It belongs to the autonomic nervous system, of which we have not yet spoken, and which has the task of regulating the organic life: respiration, circulation, digestion and so on. The autonomic nervous system is distinct from the central nervous system which has the task of transporting the sensory influx and the motor signals.
The strongly receptive nature of the solar plexus is visible anatomically. In contrast to the cerebrum, the grey matter of the plexuses is located at the centre and the white matter on the outside. The white matter comprises nerve fibres, that is, extensions of cells, whose task is the reception and transmission of an influx. The grey substance is made up of the cellular bodies themselves, whose task is not reception or transmission, but elaboration. Thus, the solar plexus is, above all, anatomically speaking, an organ of reception.
Does a line of communication exist between it and the cerebellum? Yes. The solar plexus is placed between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. These two branches form one of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves which, in order to descend into the abdomen, cross the peduncles of … the cerebellum. The wave of power which the solar plexus receives from the spirit can therefore be transmitted to the cerebellum, as described in the preceding passage, since a direct path exists between the two. Apart from the anatomical reasons cited above, the experience of each one of us also shows that it is completely plausible for the solar plexus to be the gateway from the spirit. Actually the strong impressions that the spirit transmits — joy, alarm, love — and, which being formed, we feel in our body, we do not feel at the mental level, in the cerebrum, but right inside the pit of the stomach, at the solar plexus. Numerous common expressions testify to this feeling: when someone is scared, it is said that he has fear in the belly or that he has a knotted stomach; if he lacks courage: that he has no stomach for it. Still in relation to courage, to fortify themselves, to gather strength to face up to an ordeal, some people take a strong drink to give themselves “fire in the belly”. The belly is mentioned – sometimes the heart: “having a shock” for example – but not the head or brain (cerebrum). Yet these organs – heart and stomach – are not actually concerned. It only happens that that they are situated in the proximity of the solar plexus. It is also significant that, of all the body’s plexuses, the emotions are always connected with the solar plexus, but never with another.
The intuitive perception we have of the task of the plexus as entrance door of the ego into the body, reveals itself also in an unconscious gesture which everybody makes when questioned. In order to check whether it is really us, we cry out “who, me?” with the hand spontaneously directed towards… the pit of the stomach, that is to say, our solar plexus, and not towards our head, our brain.
After this little digression on the solar plexus, let us return to the process the spirit uses to make impressions upon the brains: “In accordance with the specific nature of the various impressions received, the cerebellum, like a photographic plate, forms a picture of the process as willed by the spirit or as created with the strong power of the spirit through its volition. A picture without words! The frontal brain takes over this picture and seeks to describe it in words, thereby generating thoughts which then find expression in language … Thus the spoken word is the resultant effect of pictures transmitted through the frontal brain! The latter can also direct the course of the effect towards the organs of locomotion instead of the organs of speech, whereby words are replaced by writing or action.” (Volume 2, Lecture 70)
The spirit’s intuitive will is of a spiritual nature. By means of the solar plexus, it is transmitted as an energy-wave to the cerebellum, which forms a picture from it. This picture is then picked up and condensed by the frontal brain into terrestrially usable notions: thoughts and words. Here again, an unusual piece of knowledge is given to us, namely that before we think or speak, the intuitive will of the spirit manifests in picture-form. And what is more, a picture without words. Are there any known facts that would confirm such an affirmation? Yes, there are. Dreams are among these.
When we dream, we are not aware of our earthly surroundings, because the frontal brain is resting. What we thus experience does not take place through the frontal brain and day consciousness, but is experienced or perceived by the spirit. Now how do dreams come about? Above all: in the form of pictures. The visual nature of dreams must be strongly emphasised, because, of our five senses, it is that of vision that predominates in dreams.
We dream above all in pictures. Does this mean that sounds and words are excluded from dreams? Although certain dreams are associated with words, there is a category of dreams called R.E.M., in which no word is uttered. The R.E.M. phases of sleep are special periods, only a few minutes long, which are repeated 5 or 6 times a night. The designation of R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) originates from the fact that during these periods the eyes carry out very rapid movements beneath the closed eyelids. R.E.M. dreams are characterised by great intensity and clarity, and the absence of words. Certain people have been able to experience this of themselves. In their dream, they carried out a long conversation with someone, all of a sudden realising that no one has spoken. The conversation had taken place silently, through a direct exchange, without words! Albert Einstein, whose theories upset all the prevailing notions of the universe, felt that thought processes were above all based on the ability to see in pictures. The theory of relativity, in which he demonstrates how measurements are affected by gravity and movement, dawned on him at the age of 16, as he sought to visualise what effects one could experience if one rode a light beam advancing through the universe. Seeing in pictures was more important to him than the intellectual knowledge which uses words.
Moreover, impoverished intellectual activity does not appear to be incompatible with a rich inner life, as suggested by the admittedly extreme cases of the mentally retarded. A significant case in point is that of the sculptor Alonzo Clemons, an African-American with an IQ of no more than 40, the residue of a head injury suffered as a toddler, (the average IQ being 100, that of the moron 50 - 85 the imbecile 30 - 50). He can only count up to 10 with difficulty, and his vocabulary comprises only a few words. He cannot express himself correctly in sentences, but communicates in a telegraphic style. Yet, this sculptor can model clay statues — especially animals — with complete accuracy. The muscles, tendons, manes, and so on are rendered with great precision and full of life. For that, he only needs to look briefly at the model. His work then takes off without the latter, entirely by means of pictures which he has recorded within himself and which he then reproduces with so much accuracy.
Another case of imbeciles displaying a surprising capacity to function with pictures, despite their almost total intellectual incapacity, is that of the English twins, Charles and George. They became famous during the 1960s for their ability to juggle with the dates and days of the calendar. This gift appeared to have been developed in their youth through the study of a perpetual calendar. Although unable to multiply 3 by 6 – they could not even comprehend the difference between multiplication and division – yet they could say what day of the week corresponded to any date from up to 40,000 years ago to 40,000 years into the future. They were equally capable of stating the date of Easter for each year of the same period of 80,000 years!
Their manifest arithmetic incapacity excluded any possibility of obtaining the dates by calculation like certain prodigies at mental calculation. On the contrary, with the twins Charles and George, it was noted that when they looked for a date, their eyes moved or stared in a peculiar way into space, as though they were unrolling and looking at an internal directory. This ability to see manifested equally in another way. When one day a box of matches spilled and its contents were scattered on the floor, simultaneously both twins immediately cried out “111”. When counted, the spilled matches were indeed 111 in total. When asked how they could count the matches so quickly, they replied that they had not counted them, but that they had seen 111 matches!
The ability to work in pictures, hence by seeing rather than by the reflecting that the intellect does, is thus an ability of which we know little, but which is completely real and effective. The two preceding examples hint at the reality. That we can think without words is moreover not something which is that strange to us. Try to visualise what happens when a word is “at the tip of your tongue". We seek to express something. We know exactly what it is. Inside us the picture is clear, but it is impossible to verbalise it. Does not that prove that thoughts and words are two distinct things? And that to pass from one to the other a process of transformation or densification is necessary? Indeed if thought and word were identical, we would never need to look for a word, for it would be there at the same time as the thought. For a long time, the belief was held that thought was inseparable from language and that “what could not be said, and said well, did not exist” (Paul Valery).
The example of aphasiacs shows, however, that this is not the case. If these persons lose their ability to express themselves or to understand the spoken language, they do not at the same time lose their thinking faculty. Numerous aphasiac mathematicians, chemists or physicists continue to work and to solve problems which arise in their professional activity.
That thought does not necessarily imply words and speech is also demonstrated by the existence of numerous visual languages created almost everywhere in the world to enable the deaf and dumb to communicate. These languages obviously use no words, but only visual signs. The latter are accomplished with the help of the hands and the arms, as well as by body movements and facial expressions. All these languages have their own ‘grammar’ and allow for, quite as well as the spoken language, expression with flexibility, finesse and precision about everyday events just as much as about the most abstract questions. The deaf and dumb are thus able to have an internal life and to think, without using words. This possibility exists, moreover, before the learning of one gestural language or the other. The cognitive life of a deaf and dumb infant is not non-existent. It does not lead a vegetative life, but acts, reacts and takes an interest in its environment like all children. There is thus something within us that transcends the means of expression and communication that we use in matter (words, signs…). This finer faculty, which has its origin in our spirit, is the intuition. It follows that, contrary to customary belief, thinking or reasoning do not depend on our having established words, grammar and logical rules, but it is the opposite that takes place. Words and grammar comply with the innate way of working of the spirit. Human spirits all have the same place of origin: the spiritual plane. The way of working of these spirits is thus similar. It follows that the world’s different tongues – 5,000 languages and over 20,000 dialects – are no arbitrary creations, each different from and having no connection with the others, but they possess the same basic structure. The linguistic researches of Chomsky, Bickerton, and so on, confirm this fact. They show that despite their apparent diversity, all languages are based on a common grammar. This grammar is found everywhere the human being creates a language. It is identical with the spoken language as well as the sign language of the deaf and dumb. One finds it also in the Creole languages: new languages created spontaneously by people of varied origins who are compelled to live together. For example, the African slaves of different cultures transported to sugar cane plantations. Despite the large number of Creole languages – there are more than 350 in the world – all present an almost identical grammar, as if they all had a common thread.
Thus the innate need of the spirit to express what he has inside him is fulfilled at any cost by inventing a language. But varied as the resulting languages are, they are only condensations of something which precedes and transcends them: the language of the spirit. The passage from the intuitive experience to pictures, then to words, thoughts and intellectual reasoning, materialises in the dividing up of the brain centres responsible for these transformations. Indeed, in the rear part of the brain, directly beside the cerebellum, is the occipital lobe, the centre of vision. A little more to the front (Broca zone in the upward frontal lobe) is located the centre of the spoken language. Still further to the front, the frontal cortex is the centre of abstract reasoning and elaboration of action-plans. Thus, first pictures, then intellectual reasoning, then words, (arguments)!
As it has been described, the process concerns the information that the spirit has communicated to the cerebrum. It is, however, obvious that it is the opposite route that is taken when the cerebrum has received some information on the earthly situation and sends it to the spirit. The words and thoughts produced by the frontal brain are conducted to the cerebellum, which transforms them into pictures (images). The latter would then be communicated to the spirit by an energy wave originating in the cerebellum and transmitted to the spirit by way of the solar plexus.
The transformation of words and thoughts into pictures is a process that we experience every day, but which we are generally not aware of. For example, each time we read, the words are transformed internally into pictures. When we read a novel, the words quickly become blurred, giving way to an inner film, that is, to a succession of pictures which spring up before the inner eye along with the reading of the text. The pictures of the intuition are easier to receive during the night, as happens during R.E.M. dreams. The quite natural reason for this is that, during sleep, contrary to what happens during the day, the field of our consciousness is not occupied by pictures of the external reality that the eyes transmit to us. For this reason, during the daytime the intuitions reach us in a more accessible form, that is, slightly condensed. It is no longer a question of pictures, but a feeling or words, words that we “hear” internally. This small inner voice that speaks to us is what is commonly called “the voice of our conscience”. (Conscience literally means knowledge from within.)
The descriptive term “voice of conscience” expresses the fact that what conscience we have of what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, just or unjust, resides in our spirit. Our brain (cerebrum) is indeed incapable of grasping these notions. They correspond to higher values which are alien to it.
To appreciate this, just imagine what would happen if one had to enter into a computer the notion of justice, or of beauty. How does one proceed? Must one enter all the human laws, conventions and rules? Even allowing for it to have assimilated them, it would never be in a position to render justice. It would further be necessary to inform it of all the special situations and mitigating circumstances, or those not to be taken into account, in order to rule on a case equitably. As all parents experience daily with their children, being equitable is something that can be accomplished by very dissimilar actions and decisions in identical situations. Without knowing all the worldly laws, each human spirit is nevertheless capable of sensing what is just or unjust. Laborious studies are unnecessary; it is something innate which one bears within oneself, in the spirit. Like the notion of justice, the notion of beauty cannot be input to a computer. Even if the latter were instructed on the laws of proportion and the harmony of colours, on the golden section, and so on, it would be incapable – supposing it could see – of saying whether something is beautiful or ugly, without having taken lessons to learn it and without knowing the most basic laws of beauty taught in the art schools. In speaking about feeling, we have reached another form in which the intuition materialises in order to become perception in the brain. In addition to pictures, dreams or the voice of the conscience, the intuition can also be felt purely as a strong impression which makes us absolutely convinced about one thing or the other. It manifests in us for very simple things as well as for very important matters. When we leave for work in the morning, for example, a strong prompting can rise in us to take an umbrella, even though no sign of imminent rain is evident: it is sunny, the sky is blue and the weather forecast is good. Generally, in the absence of validating signs, the intellect rejects the intuition received, for it sees no good reason for taking an umbrella on a dry day. When, to everyone’s surprise, it suddenly starts to rain, the umbrella is not available, to the great discomfort of whoever has to struggle unprotected against the downpour! Here some might wonder if the reverse can happen, too, and then reason triumphs. No. Only a decision reached from imagination, which still arises from activity of the intellect, can bring such about.
More serious events, even tragic ones, are also subject to warnings by the intuition. From time to time, we read accounts of this in the media. People who have miraculously escaped a plane crash, or a train collision, relate how as they were about to board the train or aeroplane they perceived very strongly an intuition urging them not to, and without any material reason to justify such a refusal.
The spirit, thanks to its more extensive potentiality, can not only protect us from dangers, but equally can permit us to be more creative than is possible with only our intellect. The latter can only link one item of information to another in trying to discover something new or different, which is not at all the case for the spirit. Scientists consider creativity and the flash of genius to be the result of intense working by the brain (cerebrum). Its numerous centres set to work simultaneously, exchanging data, stimulating each other, collaborating in the production of something they would never have been able to achieve in isolation. Based on this understanding of the process, a technique of spontaneous production of innovative ideas was developed in the fifties, called brain-storming. This technique consists of bringing several people together, submitting some problem or the other to them, and inviting them to put into words all the ideas that occur to them, no matter how hare-brained they may seem. Neither criticisms nor comments are permitted during the session, so as to avoid any inhibition of spontaneity. The goal is to promote stimulation between the brains of the different participants, so as to reproduce on a larger scale what takes place in the individual brain which creates. The number of ideas produced through this technique is indeed very impressive. In some cases, up to 100 ideas in three-quarters of an hour. However, evaluations have revealed that the ideas obtained in this way are in the end not as good as, in any case a lot less than, the ideas obtained from isolated individuals. The need to be isolated is mentioned by numerous artists as one of the conditions needed for the expression of their creativity. The reason for this is that, to have the inspiration, it is necessary to reduce external stimulations, so that the spirit will not be disturbed by them through the brain, and can then concentrate entirely on what it longs for. Such a state is obviously a lot easier to attain in solitude. The spirit is thus entirely receptive to the intuitions which can come to him and which, in this case are called inspiration.
Concerning inspirations received by artists, Max Bruch (1838-1920), the German composer, explained during an interview: “They are marvellous revelations. I have often thought about them, but even now, and only for the first time, do I learn the details of the hidden internal processes of the soul of famous composers during the performance of their works. When a composer creates a work of lasting value, he finds himself confronting this eternal force, the source of all life, from which he draws. Yet I have observed that it is advisable to obey certain rules, two of the most important being solitude and concentration. Brahms was right when he declared that he must be absolutely alone and that nobody should disturb him. It is in silence that the composer must await instruction from a power higher than his reasoning. When he is able to find connection with this power, he becomes a projector which transforms the infinite and the invisible into the world of the visible, or else, for a composer, into the world of the audible… It is from this same power that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven drew, and all composers are dependent on it if they want to create something of value. He who consciously opens himself to this inner power will be inspired; however, he must be adequately equipped technically in order to be able to put the ideas suggested onto paper in a convincing way.” (Extract from Arthur M. Abell: “Talks with Great Composers”, Replica Books.) The end of the quotation strongly emphasises the necessity of the collaboration between the faculties of the spirit and the brain. The latter is indispensable in order to permit the material fulfilment of the intuition. Indeed the most beautiful melodies, or the most beautiful pictures, received by the spirit of artists could never take form on earth if there were not a composer or a painter capable of transposing them into matter!
Inspiration and intuition are, however, not a peculiarity of the artist. Scientists too benefit from it. The stories – probably more mythical than real – of Archimedes who, while taking a bath, discovers why bodies float on water, or of Newton, inspired by a falling apple to discover the law of gravity, are well known. The accuracy of the intuition which Poincaré, the brilliant mathematician, had, made such strong impression on him that he did not check the result until much later. When he tried to explain what had happened to him he affirmed that, for him, the solution had not been the result of a scientific judgment, but that he had “sensed” the evidence of the solution as “an aesthetic judgment, founded on the intrinsic sense of beauty”; aesthetic judgment or sense of beauty which, as we have seen, are attributes of the spirit.
The intuition can appear like something always instantaneous; it is nevertheless also in a position to extend in time. This is the case, for example, when an artist is inspired. In this connection the story is told that one of the great poets of the 20th Century, the German Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), wrote in 18 days not only his Elegies but also his 55 Sonnets to Orpheus. These works are considered to be his finest poems. Altogether they comprise over 1,200 verses of an exceptional technique, and of which the greatest part was written in one go, without a single correction.
Against this quick and “easy” possibility of the spirit to produce great and beautiful works, one must weigh the often laborious work the intellect has to carry out to reach a result. The way Thomas Edison (1847-1931) discovered which metal was suitable for the manufacture of the filament of electric bulbs is an example of this. He tested hundreds of materials, one after the other, proceeding by trial and error and elimination, until he discovered the right one!
Everyone of us wish to lead a happy life; most of us are but also aware that it is unrealistic, to expect only happiness from life, as life also mean struggle, demands, disappointments and conflict. But at least life should leave us sound! That is what we wish for ourselves, for our children and friends. What but happens if it comes differently?
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